Teaching Students About the Plastic Bag Recycling ProcessMay 17, 2012 | Chris Dickson
Last month I received an email from a room parent in York, Pennsylvania who was interested in sharing information about the plastic bag recycling process with the students in two 4th and 6th grade classes in honor of Earth Day. She told me that she stumbled upon an Earth 911 video by Jennifer Berry of our plastic bag recycling facility in North Vernon, Indiana – the largest plastic bag recycling facility in the world – and wanted to reach out to see if I could provide her with any materials that would give the kids a “hands on” experience as they learn about recycling.
I was thrilled to hear that the kids at her school wanted to learn more about our plastic bag recycling process. It made perfect sense that they would be curious about what happens to the plastic bags that their parents drop off outside the grocery store.
I sent over a package of items explaining each step in the plastic bag recycling process. There were jars of returned plastic bags that had been dropped off for recycling in the Bag-2-Bag program, dirty plastic bag flake prior to cleaning, clean plastic bag flake after cleaning, the contamination that was removed during the cleaning process and post-consumer resin made from the clean flake that is used to manufacture new bags. I even included a few plastic grocery bags made in honor of Earth Day. The matierals shown to the right closely resemble the materials I sent to the class. I also included a DVD with videos about Hilex’s green recycling jobs, our North Vernon facility and a few other videos about green jobs and sustainability which the parent was looking forward to showing in class.
It’s always great to hear from people that are interested in the plastic bag recycling process. If you have a question or would like to learn more, Hilex is always willing to lend a hand. Feel free to contact us with anything you might need.