A program that converts plastic bags into park benches has become an initiative of Hatfield Township, which will begin accepting clean, pliable, plastic bags from Township residents during its third Saturday monthly recycle program. The next collection is Sat., Sept. 15, at the Public Works Complex, 2590 Unionville Pike, Hatfield.
By adding plastic bags to its collection enterprise, the township becomes a partner to Giant Food Store, in a program called “Bags to Benches.” Giant, in turn, works with Trex Company, manufacturer of recycle plastic lumber. Since 1997, at its stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Giant has collected enough plastic bags to make 1,500 benches, which have been placed into service at parks, schools, fire stations, libraries and churches. More than 3 million pounds of bags were collected and baled by Giant in 2011 for the program. It takes 10,000 bags to make one park bench.
Bags may be from other businesses besides Giant, and can be tinted or have color text. Dry cleaner bags, clear film and shrink wrap are acceptable, as are bags used to contain home-delivery newspapers. The program will not accept dirty bags nor hard plastic. The bags Hatfield Township staff collect will be added to those collected at Giant Food Store, Hatfield, destined for the Trex Company facility in Winchester, VA
Citizens who miss the 3rd Saturday collection opportunities by the Township may take their clean, pliable, plastic bags directly to Hatfield Giant Food Store, where labeled collection boxes are located at the main entrance areas. There are also collection boxes in the Hatfield Township Municipal Building main entrance area, which is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday until 6 p.m. and Friday until 3 p.m.