Help turn bags into benches

Help turn bags into benches
MGN Online
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 1:29pm

Environmental Services introduces new way to go green

The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department is seeking the public’s help in turning plastic bags into a park bench.

The public is asked to take empty plastic bags to designated city facilities: 7968 San Paulo; 9311 Alameda; 4451 Delta; 7400 High Ridge; 11620 Vista Del Sol; 4435 Maxwell; 620 E. Seventh; 4001 E. Paisano; and 6701 Convair. Bags should be bagged.

“The goal of this exciting new initiative is to make recycling more of a social norm in our community, where citizens will begin to develop a deeper understanding of how to reduce their waste, lessen the amount of waste going into our landfill and see how recycling helps to give a valuable resource a second life,” said Romie Ruiz, Partnerships and Public Programs coordinator for the Environmental Services Department.

Environmental Services has teamed up with Trex Company, the country’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, to host this Plastics Bag Recycling Challenge.

Plastic bags collected through this program will be sent to Trex to be converted into a park bench to be given to the City of El Paso. Approximately 70,000 bags are needed to create a bench.

Bags that may be recycled include: grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, food storage bags, produce bags, bubble wrap and cereal bags.

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