EAST BRUNSWICK,  NJ -Stop & Shop will donate benches to East Brunswick that have been built from recycled plastic bags. Each bench has been built utilizing 12,000 plastic bags that otherwise would have been discarded. Stop & Shop representatives will present the benches to East Brunswick officials at 11AM on Wednesday, April 20th at the East Brunswick Municipal Building, located at 1 Civic Center Drive in East Brunswick.

East Brunswick Mayor, Kevin McEvoy, and other elected officials will be joined by third graders from East Brunswick’s St. Bartholomew School where the students are currently learning about Earth Day, the environment and the environmental issues caused by plastic bags.

Barbara Rebele of the East Brunswick Stop & Shop says, reduce, reuse, recycle has been the mantra among the environmentally conscious for the last 25 years.  We now have found a way to benefit the community and protect the environment at the same time.

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Plastic bags can take many years to degrade and may release toxic chemicals into the soil if they are littered. They also can pose a threat to marine life that mistakes the plastic bags for food. When improperly disposed plastic bags become harmful to the environment. With over one billion plastic bags used every day, that equates to about 4 bags for every person in the United States per day that needs to disposed of.

In an effort to help find a solution to the issue Stop & Shop has embraced the concept of “Building with Bags”. When they are recycled, plastic bags can be repurposed into plastic lumber that is used to make backyard decks and fences, playground equipment and park benches.