Plastics Recycling Challenge

We have teamed up with the Garden Club of Morristown to collect 800 lbs. of plastic film before June 30, 2020.  If we meet this goal, the library will receive a beautiful garden bench made entirely of recycled plastic, and Boonton residents will have prevented 100s of lbs. of plastics from entering our landfills!

Here’s how YOU can participate:  Collect your clean plastic bags and drop them off in the TREX box on the Library’s front porch.  Remember, the plastics have to be the stretchy kind — not crinkly — and must be clean and free of food waste.  The library staff will weigh the bags and bring them to a nearby collection site.  We will post a weekly update on the progress of the collection on our website and Facebook.

Below is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable materials:

Plastic grocery bags
Produce bags
Bread bags
Ice bags
Wood pellet bags
Dry cleaning bags
Garbage bags (CLEAN)
Newspaper/magazine sleeves
Pallet wrap
Case/Buk item overwrap
Shipping air pillows (pop first) OR Take to UPS Store UNpopped for their reuse
Bubble wrap (clean and no tape) OR Take to UPS Store for their reuse
Tyvek mailing envelopes (remove label)
Mailers made exclusively of bubble wrap, like Amazon’s (no paper exterior); remove label
Furniture & electronic wrap
Chicken feed bags (WITHOUT webbing)
Cereal & cracker box liner bags (these are chemically congruent with Trex processing)
Zip lock/Resealable bags (remove hard plastic zip)
Racing bibs (remove electronic chip, no safety pins)
Plus these two types of packing material:
    <– Not more than 1/4″ thick

Any plastic film with food residue on it
*Saran wrap
**Frozen food bags
Candy wrappers
Snack cheese wrappers
Chip bags
“Crinkly” plastic (eg, pre-washed salads bags)
Pet food bags
Six-pack rings
Degradable/Compostable bags
Zippered bedding/comforter bags
Paper mailers with bubble wrap liner
Hard plastic
Potting soil bags
Compost bags

*While Saran wrap is stretchy and film-like, it CANNOT be accepted.  Rather than one type of plastic, Saran wrap is a combination of plastics that makes it unacceptable for the recycling process.
**While frozen food bags look like regular resealable bags, these bags are not.  Apparently, frozen food bags are lined with a preservative that renders the plastic incompatible with the plastic film recycling process.

For more information about the Trex recycling programs, click here.