Updated to include additional quote from Robyn O'Hagan.
GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Dog Park non-profit is happy to announce the commencement of a plastic bag recycling drive coordinated by volunteer Robyn O’Hagan, spouse of former councilman and Dog Park liaison Michael O’Hagan, in conjunction with the Trex Corporation.
"The drive is off to a great start, with one of the collection bins already overflowing after just two days!" Dog Park President Eileen Hillock said. "It’s a win-win situation."
"If 500 people donated one pound of plastic, we'd have our bench," Robyn said. "Although we banned plastic bags from stores in town, this makes you aware of how much more plastic we can recycle."
Much like a previous collection organized by the borough's Green Team that yielded an all-weather bench, Trex is offering the same promotion once 500 pounds of plastic has been collected.
The collection drive runs from March 1 through August 1, 2020 or until 500 pounds of plastic bags and wraps have been collected, whichever comes first. Plastic bags and wrappers, such as newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, cereal box liners and more, which are not currently recycled by the Borough, are currently being accepted at collection bins at Borough Hall, 1 Harding Plaza; Glen Rock High School, 400 Hamilton Avenue; and Mail & More, 233 Rock Road. Additional collection locations may be added over time.
Robyn recently approached the non-profit with the idea and is single-handedly coordinating the drive.
“I am happy to do all the legwork of picking up the plastic and bringing it to the designated recycling location," she said. "Better recycled than in a landfill.”
The Glen Rock NJ Dog Park is completely privately funded. All donations are tax-deductible. The dog park, which opened and was dedicated to the 9/11 Search and Rescue dogs on January 1, is the only one in the world dedicated to the 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs.
For additional information on the plastic bag collection drive or on the Glen Rock NJ Dog Park, or to make a donation to the park, see www.GlenRockNJDogPark.org.