Three independent Goodwill organizations serving Delaware and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia, today formed a partnership with Trex to collect plastic films for use in Trex composite decking.
Trex is the world’s largest composite decking company, offering outdoor products including fencing, furniture and pergolas made from 95% recycled plastic and wood pulp.
Members of the public can now bring clean, dry plastic wrap to any Goodwill of the Chesapeake, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County or Goodwill of Greater Washington store to be recycled at no charge. Historically, plastic film is the most difficult type of plastic to recycle.
Generally, any clean, dry plastic wrap that you can run your thumb through can be recycled under this new initiative. Examples include single-use plastic bags, e-commerce mailers, bubble wrap and air cushions, and dry cleaning bags. For a complete list of plastic films that can be recycled under this initiative, visit GoodwillDE.org/Sustainability/Plastic-Film.
The collaboration between the three organizations Goodwill and Trex will reduce the plastic pollution that ends up in landfills or is dumped in landfills. During the first three months of collection, more than 40,000 pounds of plastic film were collected and recycled. The Goodwill collaboration plans to divert more than 300,000 pounds of plastic wrap in 2022 and 2023.
“I am pleased to announce that Goodwill and Trex are partnering in this vital initiative. For more than a hundred years, Goodwill’s nonprofit mission has been to provide workforce development services to people facing barriers to employment while operating a business model that, by its nature, protects the environment. We recycle every day and finding a source to recycle plastic films will help reduce waste,” said Colleen Morrone, CEO of Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County.
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Goodwill of the Chesapeake, Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County, and Goodwill of Greater Washington are self-governing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide job training, employment services, and other community programs for people who have barriers to employment. Led by three female Goodwill CEOs – Lisa Rusyniak (Chesapeake), Colleen Morrone (Delaware) and Catherine Meloy (DC) – the collaborative plastic film recycling partnership with Trex is the first of its kind in the global nonprofit Goodwill Network Industries, and also a first step in a multi-level approach towards greater sustainability for the three Goodwill organisations. The collaboration envisions that their sustainability initiatives will ultimately serve their respective communities in two ways: new employment opportunities – in line with the Goodwill mission – and reducing the amount of plastics sent to landfills and waste communities and communities. wildlife habitats.
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Leah B. Williams
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