WCSD taking part in Trex Challenge

Warren County School District schools will be keeping it green again this year.

For the second year, schools in the district will be participating in the Trex Challenge. Schools will be collecting plastic from Nov. 15 (America Recycles Day) April 22 (Earth Day), competing for the prize — a bench made from recycled plastic from Trex and ownership of the trophy that went into rotation last year.

As a sponsor of the Trex challenge, Whirley Drinkworks provided last year’s winner — Eisenhower Elementary School — with a first-place trophy and a check for $300 for continued recycling efforts at the school.

Whirley is sponsoring the event again this year, and according to Debbie Zurcher, Inside Sales Representative for Whirley, all nine of the district schools are participating. That’s up from last year, when four of the nine schools in the WCSD participated in the challenge, said Zurcher. She also has extended invitations to St. Joseph school, Warren County Christian School, and the Tidioute Charter School.

While the Trex company starts the challenge on Nov. 15, schools actually have until the first of the new year to register.

“I am hoping to get those three schools on board as well,” Zurcher said.

Students will collect plastic items including plastic shopping bags, newspaper sleeves, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, ice bags, and cereal bags, among other things.

Last year, Eisenhower students found ways to collect even more plastic by finding plastic unique to their community to recycle in addition to what students brought in by collecting the marshmallow wrap from used hay bales as well. Participating Pennsylvania schools collected a total of 258,228 pounds of plastic.

“That’s a lot of plastic that didn’t go to landfills,” said Zurcher.

All schools in the district that participated in the Trex challenge received a plaque made of Trex material, and the top school in each district received a bench made from recycled plastic.

Whirley will continue to support and assist with the growth of the Trex challenge in years to come, Zurcher said.

“Let’s wish all the schools the best of luck in this year’s challenge and for their efforts in keeping it green,” she said.