Trex® Offers Quick Tips for Recycling or Reusing Plastic Bags

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With bans and fees being enacted across the country, plastic bags are a hot topic of debate. It’s estimated that Americans throw away approximately 100 billion plastic bags each year, but a large number fortunately avoid the landfill because consumers make the conscientious decision to recycle and reuse.

Each year approximately 1.5 billion recycled bags are used by Trex® – the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing – for beautiful and durable outdoor living products.

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With bans and fees being enacted across the country, plastic bags are a hot topic of debate. It’s estimated that Americans throw away approximately 100 billion plastic bags each year, but a large number fortunately avoid the landfill because consumers make the conscientious decision to recycle and reuse.

In celebration of Earth Day, here are four surprising spots where plastic bags could be turned from trash to treasure:

  •     In the lunchroom…Make sure food remains fresh until noontime – and prevent spills – by lining your traditional lunch container with a plastic bag for extra protection. Use another bag to wrap up an ice pack. Food will stay at an appetizing and safe temperature, but you won’t have to worry about a soggy sandwich.
  •     On vacation…Plastic bags can perform multiple duties while your family is on the road. Use them as travel-size laundry bags to store dirty clothes, as emergency diaper disposals or to hold wet swimsuits inside until you’re able to hang out to dry. Keep bags in the car or hotel room to cover muddy shoes.
  •     In the bathroom…Line small trash cans with plastic bags for a cheaper alternative to the traditional garbage bag. If you’re scrubbing the floor, plastic bags double as knee pads to protect pants from grime. In a pinch, they also can replace rubber gloves for tackling the dirtiest of chores.
  •     In the great outdoors…Recycle your plastic bags at a local grocery store, and there’s a very good chance they could be transformed into eco-friendly outdoor living products. Each year approximately 1.5 billion recycled bags are used by Trex® – the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing – for beautiful and durable outdoor living products like the new Trex Transcend® decking and railing collection. In fact, seven out of every 10 plastic bags recycled through in-store collection programs are transformed by Trex.

Homeowners who would like to win their own eco-friendly outdoor living spaces, can enter the Trex Designer Deck Contest through June 15. Three will receive brand new backyards with durable, low-maintenance Trex decking and railing. Each winner also will enjoy a professional consultation from one of three nationally-known designers – John Loecke, Eddie Ross or Jeffery McCullough.

To enter, homeowners simply go to Trex’s website – http://www.trex.com – and upload one or two photos of their current outdoor living space and describe why it deserves an extreme makeover.

About Trex Company
Trex Company is the nation’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railing and fencing, with nearly 20 years of product experience. Built on “green” principles and values, Trex outdoor living products offer significant design flexibility with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. In addition, Trex distributes ultra-low maintenance PVC decking under the trademark Trex Escapes® and PVC trim under the trademark TrexTrim™. For more information, visit the company’s website http://www.trex.com. Trex® and Trex Transcend® are trademarks of Trex Company, Inc., Winchester, Va.

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