Recycling Plastics for a Cleaner Planet

Ever wonder what happens to the plastic that’s placed in VNF recycling containers?

What about the plastic used in the transportation of products that end up on our shelves?
Valley Natural Foods is proud to partner with Merrick, Inc., a Twin Cities-based business solution company that does more than just the services like plastic recycling and document shredding. Since 1964, Merrick has been empowering adults with disabilities by providing life-enriching activities and meaningful work to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the northeastern Twin Cities.

Second-life for Single-Use Plastic

On top of that, Merrick partners with Trex, an outdoor furniture and decking company that turns Merrick’s recycled plastic into composite decking. Every 2 – 3 weeks, Merrick ships an average of 40,000 pounds of plastic to the recycling facility that turns it into composite decking. In fact, every 500-square Trex deck contains over 140,000 recycled plastic bags!

1 million pounds

Each year, Merrick diverts nearly 1 million pounds of plastic from Twin Cities incinerators and landfills! If your workplace could benefit from a service like this, learn more about Merrick’s program on their website.
Considering new decking or outdoor furniture? Take a look at Trex’s website to learn more!

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