One of the largest plastic recycling initiatives in North America, Trex® Company’s NexTrex® Retail Recycling Program makes being sustainable simple and satisfying by rewarding participants for collecting post-consumer plastic film. Launched in 2020, the NexTrex Supplier Incentive Program encourages retailer participation by awarding points for their contributions, which they can use to redeem Trex rewards. Coming out on top at the completion of the program’s inaugural year was Price Chopper® Supermarkets, which collected and contributed more than 1.5 million pounds of recycled post-consumer plastic film to be repurposed into beautiful, high-performance Trex composite decking.
Each year, Trex repurposes more than 450 million pounds of polyethylene plastic waste in the making of its composite decking, which comprises 95% recycled material. Among its largest sources are grocery stores and other retailers who partner with Trex to responsibly dispose of plastic shopping bags and polyethylene film used to wrap products and pallets. Through the NexTrex Supplier Incentive Program, participating retailers can earn points for achieving a variety of actions and milestones, including years of participation, annual program growth, in-store program promotion, proactive community engagement, and more.
Approximately 32,000 stores nationwide participate in the NexTrex Retail Recycling Program. After collection at these retail sites, the recycled plastic material is sent to local distribution centers, where it is sorted and shipped to Trex’s manufacturing facilities in Virginia and Nevada. Participating in the NexTrex recycling program is easy for retail stores of any size. Trex provides participants with recycling bins, instructional videos, promotional materials, and a list of qualifying recyclable materials, which include everyday items such as grocery and retail bags, bread bags, case overwraps, newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap, and more.