If you've ever been to the finish line at a marathon -- at least in a cold-weather location like Cleveland -- you know that runners wrap themselves in disposable blankets that look like giant pieces of aluminum foil to stay warm after the long race. But runners don't tend to like to carry a lot of extra gear, so most of the blankets are discarded at the end of the day. Let's see, we've got a relatively large volume of a material made of an identical material -- This sounds like an opportunity for a recycler, right? You've got it. Today AFM Inc., the manufacturer of Heatsheets-brand blankets, announced that it worked with wood-plastic composite decking and railing manufacturer Trex Co. Inc. to recycle the finish line blankets from the Greater Washington Sports Alliance's SunTrust National Marathon on March 26. According to the companies, this was the first race to participate in the new program, which allows events of any size to recycle and repurpose their Heatsheets thermal-reflective finish line blankets at Trex collection facilities across the country for transformation into durable decking and railing products. "The Blankets to Boards program allowed us to easily recycle our Heatsheets, reduce our event's waste and improve our environmental impact while still providing the finish line blankets that runners need, especially on a cold day," said Daniella Levy, event manager for the Greater Washington Sports Alliance and finish line director for the SunTrust National Marathon. With temperatures dipping into the low 30s during the marathon, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance provided 12,000 Heatsheets to runners. Approximately 2,000 - or 16 percent - were returned for recycling. The sheets, which are made of low density polyethylene, were taken to a local Safeway store, then sent on to Trex.
Trex recycles Heatsheets into decking
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