The Rotary Club of Springfield Vermont has embarked on a new venture to collect and recycle bags and plastics from household waste. Although bags plastics are ubiquitously in use, the economics of recycling them has been generally unattractive for businesses. Plastic film is not accepted at recycling centers. These plastics eventually make their way into our fresh-water lakes and oceans destroying habitats and damaging the environment. The objective of this drive is to increase awareness of this serious issue and invite community members in the region to become actively involved in addressing it locally.
The drive is supported by Shaw’s corporate office. The collected plastics are transported to a remote recycling center and pressed into 1000-pound bales which are then shipped to a Trex manufacturing plant in Virginia. If we collect 1000 pounds within the year, we earn a bench, which will be in the community!
Here's a short video that explains the project.  
Here's a presentation by Emily Whitacre, Materials Sourcing & Promotions Coordinator for TREX 
To read about our fifth and sixth bench, click here. We are beginning to collect for our seventh bench!