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1 Plastic Grocery Bags: Recycling is the Practical Solution Raymond Hampton Trex Company, Inc.

2 About Trex Company, Inc. Manufacturer of Trex® Decking, Fencing and Railing, the leading brand of alternative lumber in North America. Manufacturer of Trex® Decking, Fencing and Railing, the leading brand of alternative lumber in North America. A former division of Mobil Corporation, the company was formed by four Mobil executives in 1996 and went public in April A former division of Mobil Corporation, the company was formed by four Mobil executives in 1996 and went public in April Trex Company’s Headquarters, R&D and a production plant are located in Winchester, VA. A second plant opened in Fernley, NV in July Trex Company’s Headquarters, R&D and a production plant are located in Winchester, VA. A second plant opened in Fernley, NV in July 1999.

3 Plant Locations: Winchester, VA and Fernley, NV

4 Raw Materials: Reclaimed Wood & Reclaimed Polyethylene Film

5 Extrusion Process

6 Why plastic and wood together? The plastic shields the wood from moisture and insect damage, so there's no rotting or splintering. The plastic shields the wood from moisture and insect damage, so there's no rotting or splintering. The wood protects the plastic from UV damage and gives your deck a solid, natural feel. The wood protects the plastic from UV damage and gives your deck a solid, natural feel. Trex lumber offers superior durability and performance that you can't get from wood. Trex never requires staining or painting to maintain it’s look. Trex lumber offers superior durability and performance that you can't get from wood. Trex never requires staining or painting to maintain it’s look. Not only is Trex an environmentally friendly product but it is a safe product for the consumer. Trex does contain any harmful chemicals and the decking boards are slip resistant, meeting ADA codes. Not only is Trex an environmentally friendly product but it is a safe product for the consumer. Trex does contain any harmful chemicals and the decking boards are slip resistant, meeting ADA codes. Trex offers design flexibility and creative freedom. You can bend and curve Trex to create unique designs, and you can mix and match colors and finishes for a one-of-a-kind custom look. Trex offers design flexibility and creative freedom. You can bend and curve Trex to create unique designs, and you can mix and match colors and finishes for a one-of-a-kind custom look.

7 What’s the problem with plastic bags? There is a growing concern about litter caused by careless disposal of plastic, particularly plastic grocery bags. Plastic bags are extremely light and travel easily in even the slightest breeze. There is a growing concern about litter caused by careless disposal of plastic, particularly plastic grocery bags. Plastic bags are extremely light and travel easily in even the slightest breeze. The problem is not the bags themselves but the behavior of those who toss them indiscriminately, littering streets, parks, beaches, rivers, lakes, and seas. The problem is not the bags themselves but the behavior of those who toss them indiscriminately, littering streets, parks, beaches, rivers, lakes, and seas. Banning bags is a short-term solution to the litter problem and a source of major inconvenience for most shoppers. Banning bags is a short-term solution to the litter problem and a source of major inconvenience for most shoppers. Plastic bags cost a fraction of the price of paper bags. They are light, convenient, and have a number of practical re-use applications. Plastic bags cost a fraction of the price of paper bags. They are light, convenient, and have a number of practical re-use applications. Plastic bags are cheaper to recycle than paper bags. Plastic bags are cheaper to recycle than paper bags.

8 Trex Plastic Bag Facts Since the 1990’s, Trex has evaluated various bag collection methods and recycling processes along with investing over $30 MM to determine the most optimal, economical, and sustainable process for recycling plastic bags into Trex lumber. Since the 1990’s, Trex has evaluated various bag collection methods and recycling processes along with investing over $30 MM to determine the most optimal, economical, and sustainable process for recycling plastic bags into Trex lumber. Trex Company has consumed billions of bags over the last decade. Trex Company has consumed billions of bags over the last decade. Top 5 States For Trex Bag Recycling in 2007 Top 5 States For Trex Bag Recycling in 2007 –PA over 177 MM bags –NC over 163 MM bags –IL over 147 MM bags –CA over 138 MM bags –OR over 103 MM bags

9 Plastic Bag Recycling In the past 5 years, Trex has recycled over 6.5 Billion bags. In the past 5 years, Trex has recycled over 6.5 Billion bags. Over 17.5 MM lbs. or B bags in Over 17.5 MM lbs. or B bags in Over 17.9 MM lbs. or B bags in 2004 Over 17.9 MM lbs. or B bags in 2004 Over 17.6 MM lbs. or B bags in 2005 Over 17.6 MM lbs. or B bags in 2005 Over 22.0 MM lbs. or B bags in 2006 Over 22.0 MM lbs. or B bags in 2006 Over 23.2 MM lbs. or B bags in 2007 Over 23.2 MM lbs. or B bags in 2007

10 Trex Lumber Facts A Trex 2 X 6 board that is 16 ft. long uses approx. 2,250 bags. A Trex 2 X 6 board that is 16 ft. long uses approx. 2,250 bags. There are approx. 140,000 bags in a 500 square foot deck of 2 X 6 lumber. There are approx. 140,000 bags in a 500 square foot deck of 2 X 6 lumber. Trex procures approx. 50% of the available recyclable grocery bags in the nation. Trex procures approx. 50% of the available recyclable grocery bags in the nation.

11 Promote, Collect, Consolidate Promote – Who can promote the recycling of plastic bags? Promote – Who can promote the recycling of plastic bags? –Recyclers –Bag Manufacturers –Retailers –Schools –Recycling Coordinators –Municipalities –Trade Associations –Environmental Groups –Legislators –General Public Collect - Where can we collect and capture grocery bags for recycling? Collect - Where can we collect and capture grocery bags for recycling? –Retailers / Shopping Centers –Grocers –Municipal Recycling Centers –Schools –Offices Consolidate – What are the best locations for bag recycling consolidation? Consolidate – What are the best locations for bag recycling consolidation? –Distribution Centers –Recyclers –Municipal Consolidation Programs

12 Hybrid Bag Recycling Projects School Recycling Projects School Recycling Projects Municipal Recycling Projects (compact balers) Municipal Recycling Projects (compact balers) Projects utilizing Handicap Individuals Projects utilizing Handicap Individuals

13 Collection projects

14 Collection Projects

15 Bags to Benches Trex has launched several programs with local Virginia School Systems to collect bags. Trex has launched several programs with local Virginia School Systems to collect bags. The student classrooms compete against one another to see which school can collect the most bags. The student classrooms compete against one another to see which school can collect the most bags. The bags are collected, counted and returned to a local grocer who recycles with Trex. The bags are collected, counted and returned to a local grocer who recycles with Trex. The winning school is awarded a bench made of Trex decking lumber and a pizza party. The winning school is awarded a bench made of Trex decking lumber and a pizza party.

16 Hurley Elementary Wise County Virginia

17 Virginia Recycling Facts Trex recycled 26MM bags in 2006 and 34MM bags in Trex recycled 26MM bags in 2006 and 34MM bags in Trex captured a total of 5.8 MM pounds of Polyethylene film in Virginia for Trex captured a total of 5.8 MM pounds of Polyethylene film in Virginia for Trex is projecting to capture 50MM bags in Trex is projecting to capture 50MM bags in 2008.

18 Virginia Challenge Trex would like to challenge the state of Virginia and it’s residents to be the top state in the nation for recycling Polyethylene grocery sacks and film. Trex would like to challenge the state of Virginia and it’s residents to be the top state in the nation for recycling Polyethylene grocery sacks and film. What’s needed? More education and promotion! What’s needed? More education and promotion!

19 Thank you! Questions? Thank you! Questions?


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