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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 October 22, 2021 TREX® COMPANY ENCOURAGES K-12 SCHOOLS TO GO GREEN AND ENROLL IN PLASTIC FILM RECYCLING CHALLENGE WINCHESTER, Va., (October 22, 2021) Trex Company, the worlds largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, motivates K-12 students across the country to participate in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge and earn an A+ for their schools by learning to give new life to discarded plastic film. Now in its 15th year, the annual competition challenges students to collect and recycle polyethylene plastic film over a six-month period for the chance to win high-performance Trex products for their schools. Schools are encouraged to enroll now, as the challenge kicks-off on America Recycles Day (Nov. 15, 2021) and concludes on Earth Day (April 22, 2022).
DID YOU KNOW...
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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.

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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.

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Trex's premium composite decking is made from recycled grocery bags and other plastic film.

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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 Pallet wrap and  stretch film Grocery Bags Grocery Bags Pallet wrap and stretch film Grocery Bags
Bread Bags Bread Bags CASE OVERWRAP CASE OVERWRAP Bread BaGS CASE OVERWRAP
dry cleaning bags dry cleaning bags newspaper sleeves newspaper sleeves Dry Cleaning Bags Newspaper Sleeves
Ziplock and other resealable food storage bags Ziplock and other resealable food storage bags produce bags produce bags Ziplock® and other resealable food storage bags produce bags
product wrap product wrap retail bags retail bags Product Wrap retail bags
air pillows air pillows bubble wrap bubble wrap air pillows bubble wrap
plastic shipping envelope plastic shipping envelope electronics wrap 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 FROZEN FOOD BAGS
CANDY BAR WRAPPERS CANDY BAR WRAPPERS CANDY BAR WRAPPERS
chip bags chip bags CHIP BAGS
Net or mesh produce bags Net or mesh produce bags NET OR MESH PRODUCE BAGS
mulch or soil bags mulch or soil bags MULCH OR SOIL BAGS
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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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