Composite decking leader repurposes its recycled plastic into polyethylene pellets


Trex Co. (Winchester, VA), the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance, wood-alternative decking and railing, has found a sustainable approach to close the recycling loop by using its leftover raw material to create linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) pellets. Ideal for use in a wide range of manufacturing applications, these pellets represent an entirely new business venture for the company.

“As they say, necessity is the mother of invention,” explained Jim Cline, President and CEO of Trex. “As one of the country’s largest recyclers of post-consumer and commercial polyethylene, we found ourselves with a surplus of material beyond what we could use in our core line of outdoor living products. We challenged our engineering team to come up with ways to use the excess material and, as usual, they didn’t disappoint. In fact, what they developed has created a whole new business venture for us that not only benefits Trex, but other manufacturers and the environment, as well.”
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