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Help turn plastic bags into a park bench
By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas The City of El Paso wants the public's help to turn thousands of plastic bags into a park bench.
The city is working with the Trex Company to create this plastic bag recycling challenge with the hopes of turning 70,000 bags into a park bench.
"The goal of this exciting new initiative is to make recycling more of a social norm in our community, where citizens will begin to develop a deeper understanding of how to reduce their waste, lessen the amount of waste going into our landfill and see how recycling helps to give a valuable resource a second life," said Romie Ruiz, Partnerships and Public Programs coordinator for the Environmental Services Department.
Residents can take empty plastic bags including grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, food storage bags, produce bags, bubble wrap and cereal bags to designated city facilities.
The following drop off sites will be available:
7968 San Paulo Dr.
9311 Alameda Ave.
4451 Delta Dr.
7400 High Ridge Dr.
11620 Vista Del Sol Dr.
4435 Maxwell Ave.
620 E. Seventh Ave.
4001 E. Paisano Dr.
6701 Convair Rd.
Officials said Trex, the country's largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing products, needs about 70,000 bags to create the park bench that will be given to the city.