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RAM assumes operation of plastics recycling program

It’s In The Bag, a plastic bag and film recycling program operated by the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, has been turned over to the Recycling Association of Minnesota.

The collection and recycling program provides consumers the opportunity to recycle plastic bags and film at participating locations. It also provides employment for adults with disabilities, who collect and sort the plastic material. It’s In The Bag was created by the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Work crews from various vocational centers around the state collect and transport the plastic material to a processing facility where additional crews sort and bale the material. The material is then shipped to Trex Company, Inc. where it is recycled into composite lumber used in the construction of decks and railings.

“The Recycling Association of Minnesota is a perfect fit for the It’s In The Bag program,” said Jill Curran, executive director of Minnesota Waste Wise. “It has a statewide presence and already runs several other recycling programs.” The association took over management and operation of It’s In The Bag, effective June 1.