Libby Smoot, October 25, 2013

Trex Challenges Students to Recycle and Win

Trex, recycling, Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

More than 20 years ago, long before "green" was a buzzword, Trex came to life when someone had the idea to recycle plastic film and sawdust into a product that people wanted and needed. We now make the most popular eco-friendly composite decks in the world from an innovative blend of 95% recycled wood and plastic.

Each year, Trex saves 400 million pounds of plastic and wood from landfills and is one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the country. But our eco-friendly efforts don't end there. Through a partnership with schools across North America, we also educate today's youth about the importance of recycling and keeping waste out of landfills.

Starting on America Recycles Day on November 15 and ending on Earth Day in April, students across the country and Canada will compete against each other in Trex's Plastic Film Recycling Challenge to determine which school can collect and donate the most recycled material. For participating schools, Trex will provide recycling bins to collect a wide range of plastics that students can bring in from their homes, including grocery, sandwich and dry cleaning bags and the overwrap from paper towels and toilet paper. Some recyclables that often get overlooked include the bags inside cereal boxes and newspaper sleeves. We'll take it all.

Monthly, the schools tally how much plastic has been collected and then take the material to a participating retail location in their area where they deposit the plastic into another Trex recycling bin. The school that collects the most plastic during the competition will receive a bench made from Trex decking material. Every participating school receives a bird house made from Trex.

bird house 1

Last year, 460 schools in the U.S. and Canada participated in the program which launched in 2006. Immaculate Conception School in Springfield, MO won the competition. The school collected 581 bags per student for a total of 297,600 bags. All that plastic will eventually be turned into our beautiful and durable Trex decking.

It's not too late to participate in this year's program. Schools interested in more information should visit and fill out an application.