Soft plastic recycling program going on for the next six months


Cooper Brien

These are the three bins that are posted in each of the schools, which were built by Wyatt Miller and Cooper Brien.

Do you like helping out in the community and being environmentally conscious? One way to be environmentally conscious is by recycling soft plastics. Now, all of the Freedom Area Schools are doing just that, recycling soft plastic. All of this soft plastic will be turned into a bench which will be donated to Temple Ohav Shalom. The goal is to recycle 500 pounds of soft plastic.

This program is run through an organization called NexTrex. What can go in the bins are soft plastics like grocery bags, plastic wrap, pallet wrap, and all the things listed to the side. Everything that goes in the bins, which are in the middle school faculty room, elementary school faculty room, and in the high school lobby, has to be clean, meaning no food residue. What makes it a soft plastic is if it is a number 2 or 4 plastic. Hard plastics such as water bottles or plastic containers cannot go in the bin. If you have any further questions about what can go in it or what makes it a soft plastic, go to and all your questions will be answered. 

Mrs. Baker, middle school secretary, likes that NexTrex is taking items that are trash and unusable and turning them into usable items. 

Freedom Schools aren’t the only places helping with this program. Now, Temple Ohav Shalom in McCandless, Unionville United Methodist Church, and Boy Scout Troop 444 are too. This program is running for the next six months, so if you have soft plastics, bring it in. So far, we have collected about 203 pounds, only 297 pounds  left to go.