SPRIGNFIELD, NJ — As part of an initiative started by the Springfield Environmental Commission and Green Team this past April, Springfield will soon be getting a new bench donated to the township by Trex.
The initiative, undertaken by the commission, involved Springfield residents donating their unused plastic bags in donation bins spread around the township.
Following the collection period, Trex took the bags, and if the township met a specific collection goal, the company would donate a bench as a thank you gift.
“With the help of the entire Springfield community we have collected half a ton of plastics and donated them to Trex,” said Aly Miller, chair of the environmental commission. "In return, Trex will be providing the Town with a beautiful bench made of recycled materials."
The bench will be installed in Veterans Memorial Park upon its donation.
Betzabe Blondet, head of the Green Team added, “We are so pleased that our entire community jumped on board and because we had such enthusiastic participation we quickly our goal.”
The environmental commission will continue to sponsor recycling at Chisholm and the Library. Miller also noted that if another community group picks up sponsorship of the recycling efforts from the environmental committee, it is very likely that Trex will donate another bench to the community next year.
Coming up next month on Nov. 3, the environmental commission and green team are also sponsoring a Clean Community Day from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to clean Irwin, Washington, Laurel, Patriots Park and the area between Sandmeier and Walton Schools.
Volunteers are welcome and the Springfield Department of Public Works is planning a special treat for all volunteers.