Soft Plastics Recycling Challenge

**UPDATE** WE DID IT!  OUR FINAL PLASTIC COUNT FOR THE 6-MONTH COLLECTION WAS 503 POUNDS!  Our new Trex bench will be here just in time for Duluth Spring!  LSC will continue to collect plastic bags and film, just as we have for over 5 years, we just don’t have to weigh it anymore.

In October, LSC kicked off its Trex Plastic Bag Challenge.  The goals is to collect 500 pounds of plastic refuse in a six-month span (about 40,500 bags).  If we meet that goal, Trex will donate a high-performance composite outdoor bench!

Anyone can bring  bags from home, and drop them in one of our 5 plastic bag collection bins on campus.  There is a bin near each entrance.  March is our final month of the competition collection, and after February’s weigh-in, we know we have about 150 pounds to go (this is more than we’ve collected in any single month, so we need all the help we can get)!

Trex makes premium decking and outdoor furniture from these plastic bags.  The products are made from 95% recycled materials.

What’s a “soft plastic”?

Plastic grocery bags
Plastic retail bags (remove string ties & rigid plastic handles)
Plastic dry-cleaning bags
Plastic cereal bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
Plastic bread bags (must be dry with ALL rood residue removed)
Plastic produce bags (must be dry with ALL food residue removed)
Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc.)
Plastic salt bags (remove rigid plastic handles)
Plastic zipper bags (remove top closing mechanism)
Plastic stretch/shrink wrap
6-pack holder rings

PLEASE NO plastic bottles, rigid plastic containers or bubble wrap

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