Trex saves 2.5 billion lb of plastic and wood scrap from landfills

When Trex first came on the scene nearly two decades ago, its wood-plastic alternative decking products that incorporated polyethylene film (mostly bags) from post-industrial and some post-consumer sources, was the cutting-edge ‘green’ material. Today Trex, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, according to the company, has evolved into one of the largest recyclers of PE flexible film materials.

Trex’s decking and railing products – including its high-performance composite decking manufactured of more than 95% recycled content – are manufactured with a “green” proprietary method that transforms PE film into outdoor living products while addressing today’s environmental challenges.

Dave Heglas, director of material resources for Trex and a 17-year veteran of the company, told PlasticsToday that the company’s business model has evolved considerably over that period of time. “Today we are recyclers of all types of PE flexible film materials, post-commercial as well as post-consumer,” he explained. “Early on contamination in post-consumer grocery bags was an issue, but now we can handle contaminated material."...

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