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Trex recovers over 2.5 billion pounds of plastic and wood

For Trex, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, being “green” is good business. From 2007 through 2012 alone, the company salvaged and kept more than 2.5 billion pounds of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills.

Trex reclaims and reuses both sawdust and polyethylene plastic from many common household items – such as case overwraps, sandwich/bread bags, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags and grocery/retail bags – to create products that offer an environmentally responsible choice to consumers. Trex also is the first company in the wood-alternative decking industry to receive an International Code Council Evaluation Service® (ICC-ES) SAVE Verification for Recycled Content.

While Trex’s recycling efforts are national and international in scope, with a variety of in-store collection programs delivering materials to Trex facilities, the company also supports a multitude of recycling solutions on the local level, and continues to expand its support of green initiatives in communities across the country year after year.

To meet increased demand, Trex is growing its “mini-baler” pilot program in Southern California to include additional small businesses that otherwise might not have the opportunity to partner with Trex as plastics suppliers. The company is also introducing new compressed air balers to accommodate even greater quantities of materials.

Since 2008, this program has drawn such diverse participants as dry cleaners, independent grocery stores, hospitals, a horse stable, Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres) and the City of Solana Beach. Plastics are collected and taken to mini-balers in waste yards or other locations, where they are compressed into 50 lb. bales and then transported to Trex manufacturing facilities. Trex plans to grow the program throughout Southern California with the eventual goal of making mini-balers available to municipalities in every state.