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NexTrex Plastic Bag & Film Recycling
Plastic bags and film packaging are important durable and lightweight protection for food and merchandise in transit. But these materials SHOULD NOT be recycled in most curbside carts or single stream programs. Thankfully, many grocers and retailers and some communities provide specific collection bins for bags and film to be recycled separately from other recyclables.





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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
January 12, 2021
TREX PLASTIC FILM CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES 2020 WINNERS
WINCHESTER, Va., (January 2020)-As the school year continues, Trex is highlighting the 2020 Film Recycling Challenge in which schools recycled over 362,000 pounds of film and bags. Check back in April for our 2021 winners, but for now, click for details from the 2020 winners.


DID YOU KNOW...

1

Most clean and dry polyethylene (PE), labeled as #2 or #4, plastic film and bags are recyclable at participating retail and local drop-off locations.


2

Trex purchases returned consumer bags and film from the majority of grocery and retail stores in the U.S., making Trex the largest PE film recycler in the United States.


3

Trexs premium composite decking is made from recycled grocery bags and other plastic film.


4

These materials are not normally accepted in curbside programs because they can get caught in the machines that sort other valuable recyclables like paper, cans, and bottles. And bags are generally too dirty after their trip in the back of the recycling truck to be recycled, even if they are collected at the recycling facility.





More than just plastic bags are recyclable.
APPROVED ITEMS FOR NEXTREX PROGRAMS


All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue.


Pallet wrap and  stretch film
Grocery Bags
Pallet wrap and stretch film
Grocery Bags



Bread Bags
CASE OVERWRAP
Bread BaGS
CASE OVERWRAP



dry cleaning bags
newspaper sleeves
Dry Cleaning Bags
Newspaper Sleeves



Ziplock and other resealable food storage bags
produce bags
Ziplock and other resealable food storage bags
produce bags



product wrap
retail bags
Product Wrap
retail bags



air pillows
bubble wrap
air pillows
bubble wrap



plastic shipping envelope
electronics wrap
plastic shipping envelope
electronic wrap

PLUS
All plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue.

do not include
DO NOT INCLUDE these items in NEXTREX Programs

FROZEN FOOD BAGS

FROZEN FOOD BAGS


CANDY BAR WRAPPERS

CANDY BAR WRAPPERS


chip bags

CHIP BAGS


Net or mesh produce bags

NET OR MESH PRODUCE BAGS


mulch or soil bags

MULCH OR SOIL BAGS

Or these








Dont see your item on the list?
Try these tests to see if your plastic is recyclable polyethylene or not or review the list of frequently asked questions below.






FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I recycle plastic bags and film if they



are colored plastic?


YES, the color does not affect the recycling process.

tear like paper?


NO, please do not include, as they are not currently accepted in film/bag recycling bins.

stretch when I pull it apart with both hands?


YES, this is the correct type of plastic to recycle. If it doesnt stretch or it tears like paper, please throw it in the trash.

are thicker, stiff plastics for linens and beddings (including anything with a real zipper)?


NO, they are not the kind of plastic recyclers can use in their processes.

have a paper label or tape stuck on?


YES, but labels, tape and adhesive strips should be removed if possible. You can simply cut off of the label as the integrity of the bag isnt important to the recycler.

are pet food bags?


NO, this plastic is not recyclable.


are very shiny (like floral wrap) and make a loud crinkly sound when crumpled?


NO, this plastic film is not recyclable.

have a shiny metal look like a chip bag or candy wrappers?


NO, this plastic film is not recyclable.

have this NexTrex label?


YES, brands and retailers are using this label to let consumers know that the plastic film package is recyclable.

are labeled degradable AND recyclable?


NO, recyclers cant risk using degradable plastics in new items so these items are not recyclable.

contains other materials or is dirty or wet?


NO, plastic film must be clean and dry and the right type in order for it to be recycled. Please remove all other materials like tape, paper receipts, food residue and crumbs, and crinkly or rigid plastics (bottles and tubs). These contaminants can ruin the quality of the plastic and may result in it not being recycled.












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