Trex Co. LLC is testing a recycling program in 62 grocery stores in seven states encouraging customers to ``Bring Back That Sack.''
The Winchester, Va., plastic lumber firm has teamed up with Giant Eagle, Hornbacher's and Martin's Food Stores to make customers aware of some products that can be made from recycled plastic grocery bags.
Trex uses high and low density polyethylene stretch film, grocery sacks and merchandising bags, plus waste hardwoods, in its products. Trex employs 140 and runs five extrusion lines.
Nationally, the average return of plastic bags is only 4 percent, according to Trex. Although the program's aim is to change habits and attitudes about returning plastic bags, the company sees this as a long-term issue.
``This is an ongoing project that we'll keep evaluating,'' said spokeswoman Maureen Murray. ``If it makes an impact, no doubt we'll continue it.''
Initial test results are due in July. Trex expects to use about 80 million pounds of reclaimed film this year. Last year, Giant Eagle sent 935,000 pounds to Trex. The film is shipped from distribution centers with Trex picking up the freight charges, depending on the shipping location. The stores are in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, North Dakota and Minnesota.