BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Earlier this week, Taylor Rental, located on Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, became the newest Trex bin location in town.  Township residents and others driving down Springfield Avenue now have another place where they can drop off their thin film plastics.

Dr. Patrick Smith and his team from Smith Chiropractic will be partnering with Taylor Rental in this effort.  The Smith Chiropractic team, who “adopted” the Trex bins at this location, will gather, weigh, and deliver all thin film plastics collected at Taylor Rental to Terex’s partner, ACME in New Providence.

The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC) launched its award-winning, township-wide Trex thin film plastics collection program back in June 2018.  The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) recognized the success of the BHEC’s Trex thin film plastics collection program by awarding the BHEC with a 2018 Environmental Achievement Award.  To date, residents and others have contributed an astounding amount - over 9,000 pounds - of thin film plastics to the Trex bins in town.  

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Trex bin host site locations currently include the Library, Police Station, Pet Supplies Plus, Little Flower Church, and Wharton Arts, as well as Taylor Rental.  The new Taylor Rental Trex bin location will further enable community members to participate in the reduction of the number of thin film plastic items that pollute the environment.

Thin film plastics include items such as plastic bags, produce bags, bread bags, cereal bags, bubble wrap, plastic wrap that covers dry cleaning, Ziploc and other similar re-closable and sandwich bags, and plastic “overwrap” around paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, and water bottles.  As thin film plastics are no longer collected as part of the township’s curbside recycling pickup, the Trex bins provide an opportunity for residents to dispose of these items so that they are re-purposed and re-used as material included in the manufacturing of Trex’s outdoor furniture.

As part of its “Reduce Your Use” campaign, the BHEC encourages residents to not only drop off their thin film plastics in Trex bins, but to reduce their use of thin film plastics to the extent possible.  The BHEC hopes that residents’ use of the Trex bins will help raise people’s awareness about the amount of thin film plastics they consume regularly, and will cause people to focus on taking steps to reduce this consumption.

For additional information regarding the BHEC’s Trex thin film plastics collection program, please visit the BHEC’s website at https://www.berkeleyheights.gov/379/Recycling-Thin-Film-Plastics.