NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - At Faith Lutheran Church, we pray for the creation and all the wonders of Earth each week. But we know that praying probably isn’t enough, which is why we got involved with the Trex Company’s Recycling Challenge.

Since 2006, the Trex Challenge has educated the public about the importance of plastic film recycling.  Faith Lutheran Church has three bins ready and waiting to collect many different types of common recyclable plastic, including grocery bags, cereal box liners, and newspaper sleeves. (A fuller list of accepted items is below).  The challenge is to collect 500 pounds of plastic in a 6-month period, July 1 through December 31, 2019. As an added incentive, Trex will award the church a Trex bench if the goal is met.

Though the bench would make a nice addition, it isn’t the main motivation for taking part in the challenge.

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“The church teaches us that we are partners in the world, called to serve one another and to do our part to help care for creation,” says the Rev. Jane McCready, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church. “This recycling initiative is the latest in Faith’s ongoing efforts to do just that. We are proud of the variety of ministry and outreach that we have at Faith and invite anyone who is interested to stop by not only to drop off their recycling, but to look around at all the ways we work together to support the wider community.” 

The church currently has three collection bins.  When they are full, volunteers record the weight of the recycling and then delivers the collection to the New Providence Acme. Other participating recycling partners with Trex in New Jersey are: Kohl’s, McCaffrey’s Food Markets, Stop & Shop, Target, Weis, and Whole Foods. 

“We hope the Challenge will raise awareness and help people start new habits that will last well past the end of this project,” says Joanne Warin, Office Administrator and initiator of Faith’s participation in the Trex Challenge.

The Trex Challenge was originally designed to educate school children, but many local community groups participate, and there are Trex collection bins in several locations in New Providence and Berkeley Heights. Plastic film recycling is generally available at many retail and grocery stores, though not all is related to Trex.

As you travel around town, keep your eyes open for recycling opportunities available to you, and if you are in our area, feel free to stop by and fill the bins at Faith. Bring your grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, wood pellet bags, Ziploc and other re-closable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags, and cereal bags. Remove any paper labels and note that all plastic must be clean, dry and free of food residue for recycling.

All are welcome to join us at Faith, a warm and vibrant Christ-centered servant community. We are now in our summer worship schedule, with a Spoken Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and a Sung Eucharistic Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. We return to our regular worship schedule on Sunday, September 8 with New Orleans Jazz Liturgies at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and Education Hour for ages 3 thru adult at 9:40 a.m.

Faith Lutheran Church is located at 524 South Street, New Providence, NJ 07974.  The Rev. Jane McCready is Pastor.  To contact the church, call 908-464-5177 or email family.faith@verizon.net.  You can also visit the website at www.famfaith.org for more information.