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 Plastic Recycling in West Hartford Exceeding Goals

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The West Hartford Land Trust has earned two Trex benches through a challenge program, but wants to remind the community about materials that are eligible.


West Hartfordites have shown amazing support for the plastic film recycling program.  The West Hartford Land Trust signed on to the Trex Community Recycling Challenge, to collect and recycle soft plastic used by Trex to manufacture building materials such as decking.  Communities that collect 500 pounds of film plastic within a six-month period are awarded a bench.

The West Hartford Land Trust has now earned two Trex benches, far exceeding goals. Most importantly, we’ve kept over 1,500 pounds of film plastic out of the waste stream to date! We’re building on this success, keeping soft film plastic – which cannot be included in our curbside single stream recycling – out of our landfills and waterways.

Collection bins are located at each of the Town’s libraries, Town Hall, and the Department of Public Works on Brixton Street. Please remember that only acceptable film plastic – like grocery bags, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, ice bags, and plastic shipping envelopes – can be dropped in collection bins.

See the chart below for items that CANNOT be recycled by Trex and should NOT be placed in the bins. Generally, packaging that is shiny or makes a crinkly/crunchy sound (like chip bags, candy bags or frozen food bags) is not accepted by Trex.

If you’re interested in helping with this project, please contact Jenny Sagers at [email protected]. It takes no more than an hour a week to help. If you’d like to learn more about the West Hartford Land Trust, please contact Dave Sagers at [email protected].

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  • West Hartford’s dedication to recycling plastic film is commendable, surpassing targets and keeping over 1,500 pounds of film plastic out of landfills. The initiative highlights the impact of community efforts in environmental sustainability. From ZetarVac

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