Libby Smoot, June 05, 2015

Schools Get A+ For Plastic Film Challenge

Trex is proud to congratulate H.M. Pearson Elementary School in Catlett, Va., the big winner in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge for 2014-15. Pearson students collected 7,440 pounds of plastic film – a whopping 17.5 pounds per student – during the six-month contest.

Trex sponsors the competition between schools in the U.S. and Canada each year, beginning on America Recycles Day in November and ending on Earth Day in April. Schools compete to collect the most plastic film for Trex. The grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap and other plastic film products are then recycled into beautiful, wood-composite Trex decking.

This year, 431 schools in 29 states participated and collected 167,680 pounds of plastic film – the equivalent of 12,576,000 grocery bags. The average collection per school was 386 pounds. First-place winners in various regions will be awarded benches made from Trex decking material. This year, 73 schools earned a bench. All participants were awarded planter boxes made from Trex decking.

Students collect plastic film for the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

“It was an awesome experience," participating in the recycling challenge, which began in 2006, said Lauretta N. Williams, instructional interventionist/on-site coordinator for Ingleside Elementary in Norfolk, Va. “The students at Ingleside truly enjoyed it. Now, I’m known as the ‘Bag Lady’ and I wear this title well!”

Trex decking is made from 95% recycled wood scraps and plastic film. No trees have ever been cut down to make our decking. As one of the largest plastic film recyclers in the U.S., Trex saves more than 400 million pounds of plastic film and wood from landfills each year. Through this program alone this year, 167,680 pounds of plastic film will be kept out of landfills.

We’re proud of our eco-friendly heritage and honored to partner with these environmentally friendly schools. We hope this begins a lifelong journey of recycling for these children. For more information on our challenge and to participate, visit

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