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Sakai Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Sakai parents, teachers and students were so successful at raising community awareness about this special recycling stream that they collected 5094 pounds of this lightweight material.
Kudos to parent Kathryn McGowan for leading the way, with teacher Elizabeth Vroom supporting within the school and Zero Waste devotee Susan Knell sorting and packing up the bags dropped off on the weekend and during all the school vacations.

 184 pounds in this truckload

The Trex National School Plastic Recycling Challenge officially ended April 15, 2019.
Now keep on recycling all the appropriate materials (see lists below) at the grocery store in their plastic bin.
Check back here to see if Sakai students won the top prize, a Trex bench made from approximately 10,000 plastic bags.  

WHAT TO DONATE: HDPE (#2) and LDPE (#4) plastic film - See list below.
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 for their reuse - UNpopped
Bubble wrap (clean and no tape) OR Take to UPS Store for their reuse
All-plastic mailing envelopes 
All bubble wrap mailing envelopes (label okay)
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)

Any plastic film with food residue on it
*Saran wrap
**Frozen food bags
***Candy wrappers
Snack cheese wrappers
Chip bags
"Crinklyā€¯ plastic (eg, pre-washed salads bags)
Pet food bags
Six-pack rings
Degradable/Compostable bags
Zippered sheet/Comforter bags
Paper mailers with bubble wrap liner
Hard plastic
Potting soil bags
Compost bags

*If the film (e.g. zip lock bag) is dry and cleaned of food or dirt, the film can be accepted.  Otherwise, it cannot be recycled and is garbage.
**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.

SPREAD THE WORD: Get your neighborhood, community groups, or sports teams involved.  Be creative! Organize a plastic film collection drive and bring the material to Sakai's outside bins. 
Thanks for your help!  And as always, be fantastic & recycle plastic!