Trex and Fastenal Team to Turn Plastic into Composite Decking

Fastenal has entered into a scrap supply agreement with Trex Company to collect and provide Trex with its used PE film. Trex will then use the material in the manufacture of its composite decking products.

Fastenal is collecting used PE film in its distribution centers, branches, and customer-specific Onsite locations. PE film (familiarly known as “pallet wrap” in the distribution industry) is used by Fastenal and its suppliers to secure boxes and other packaging to pallets for shipment.

“Pallet wrap is vital to our daily operations, but once the product is unwrapped, we have no use for it,” said Dave Olson, director of EHS & Sustainability for Fastenal. “Working with Trex to turn all that potential waste into sustainable outdoor building products is a win for both organizations.”

To support the program, Fastenal has invested more than $300,000 in equipment and infrastructure in its U.S. distribution centers to efficiently bale and consolidate used PE film for recycling by Trex. In the first year of the program, Fastenal expects to divert an estimated 600,000 lbs. of plastic from landfills through material collected within its distribution centers (where a high volume of pallet wrap is received as part of inbound shipments from suppliers). In addition, more than 2,500 U.S. Fastenal branches and Onsite locations can participate by using Fastenal’s regular truck routes to back-haul used material to the nearest distribution center for baling, consolidation, and shipment to Trex.

Each year, Trex repurposes in excess of 1 billion lbs. of reclaimed materials in the making of its products, including approximately 400 million lbs. of plastic film, making it one of the largest recyclers of PE film in North America. Through its NexTrex Recycling Program, Trex partners with commercial businesses and community organizations across the country to collect and transport recycled plastic material to its manufacturing facilities in Winchester, VA., and Fernley, NV.

“We applaud Fastenal’s commitment to creating a more sustainable business model by participating in the NexTrex Recycling Program,” said Dave Heglas, senior director of Supply Chain Excellence for Trex. “The contributions of eco-minded partners, like Fastenal, are not only integral to our manufacturing process, but also critical to addressing our country’s growing plastic waste problem.”

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