One load of 140 pounds of stretchable plastics Jim Bair picked up from Briar Patch on a sunny day in June 2024 is buldging from his SUV as he unloads at SaveMart.  Nevada City Rotary took the lead to partner with Trex Company, Inc. to recycle stretchable plastics that Waste Management (aka WM) will not accept. The public response has been amazing! In less than 9 months we collected over 4,000 lbs -- 2 tons of plastics.  Now several years later we are approaching 15,000 lbs and are looking for a sustainable County wide solution to this recycling issue.
The growing amount of plastics being put in our bins presents an unsustainable demand on our Club.  We are working on how to turn over and/or end this project gracefully in the coming months. 
Our Club connected with local merchants, Nevada City, and the Nevada County library to place plastic recycling boxes around the area so customers and Rotarians can recycle clean stretchable plastics. Collection points include Briar Patch Food Co-Op, B&C Ace Hardware, Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City and Wolf Creek CoHousing and other locations. With Grass Valley Rotary, we are also collecting from AJA Video Systems. Bags that are accepted by Trex include stretchable grocery, bread, ice, produce, cereal, newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning, ziplocks, bubble wrap, pallet wrap, stretch film and more. No bottles, plastic boxes or crinkable plastic bags are accepted. 
Envirnomental Sustainability Committee Chair Chris Newsom says "Clearly this plastics recycling collection is one our community wants to support!" People are collecting plastics at home and bringing in bags to put in at 10 commercial and residential sites around Nevada City and Grass Valley. Club volunteers empty the bins and deliver them to SaveMart grocery in Grass Valley. 
SaveMart has graciously agreed to add the collected plastics to their collections which are trucked to a location in central California for distribution to Trex. The stretchable plastic then becomes material for the productions of Trex decking, furniture and other products. The Club received a Trex bench made of recycle plastics that was installed with a Rotary label on the Orene Wehterall Trail with Bear Yuba Land Trust in Nevada City we have two more benches to install in the coming months.  Grass Valley Rotary has been partnering with us and has taken over the AJA Video pickups. They also received a Trex bench. 
"As a leading recycling company and the world's leading manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, Trex encourages people to think beyond grocery bags and recycle "other" types of plastic. This video shows what types of plastic can be recycled to make eco-friendly Trex composite decking. Together, we can make a greener planet." TheTrexCo
  All in a day's collection!

What can be recycled locally? 

Waste Management: What Can Be Recycled: Recycling Guide

Locally Waste Management provides a downloadable (pdf format) What Can Be Recycled: Recycling Guide on their website. "To find out more, please reference these guidelines and common myths based on science, research and collaboration with industries, agencies and other organizations. ...Help spread the word about what is or isn’t recyclable curbside and why."

Learn more at WM Recycle Right.