Help turn bags into benches
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.