BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission (BHEC), the Township of Berkeley Heights staff, and members of Cub Scout Pack 268 invite you to help the environment while honoring the memory of Annie Young by helping us collect 500 pounds of thin film plastics at the Police Station Trex Bin.  

Trex Bins provide a convenient means for people to keep plastic bags and other thin film plastics out of landfills, tree branches, streets, waterways, and other places.  Starting this week, the total weight of all thin film plastics contributed at the Police Station Trex Bin will count toward reaching the 500 pound milestone necessary to “earn” an outdoor Trex bench made from recycled thin film plastics.  Once the bench arrives, it will be installed at Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School and dedicated in Annie’s honor.

Cub Scouts Pack 268, comprised of boys who attend both Hughes and Woodruff Elementary Schools, recently “co-adopted” the Trex Bin at the Police Station, joining Liza Viana and other Township of Berkeley Heights staff in the thin film plastics collection responsibilities for that Trex Bin.  Annie Young, who was a third grader at Hughes, recently died of a sudden brain hemorrhage caused by an undiscovered congenital condition. Cubmaster Cathy Larson, who leads Cub Scouts Pack 268, said that, “Earning a Trex bench in Annie’s honor provides a meaningful and personal opportunity for the scouts of Pack 268 to honor the memory of their fellow classmate.”

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Cub Scout Pack 268 is the most recent group to adopt one of the BHEC Trex Bins. Below is a list of the BHEC Trex Bin locations in Berkeley Heights, as well as the “adopting parent(s)” for each bin:

  • Police Station – Cub Scout Pack 268; the Township of Berkeley Heights
  • Library – Laurie Holsten of Remax
  • Pet Supplies Plus - Dr. Patrick Smith of Smith Chiropractic
  • YMCA – Berkeley Heights Historical Society
  • Governor Livingston High School - (Not Adopted Yet)

The BHEC encourages all residents to contribute their thin film plastics to bins in any of the above locations and to consider curbing their daily usage of thin film plastics to the extent possible.  According to Kim Diamond, BHEC member and BHEC Trex Bin Program Coordinator, “In addition to providing community members with convenient locations to assist them in recycling and repurposing their thin film plastics, the Trex Bins help raise people’s awareness of just how much thin film plastics they regularly consume.  This self-awareness is the first step in the incremental process of getting people to reduce their single-use plastics consumption.”  

For additional information regarding BHEC Trex Bins and the recycling of thin film plastics, please visit the “Trex Bin Program” page on the BHEC website, at: