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Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

We are very excited to bring this opportunity to campus to help spread awareness on how, why, and where to properly recycle these materials. Plastic films are not typically accepted by curbside carts or single stream programs because they must be recycled separately from other recyclables. By engaging in this challenge, UHCL and the surrounding community will make positive environmental, social, economic, and educational sustainability impacts by diverting these materials from landfills.

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Original Goal: Collect 500 lbs of plastic film materials between April 1 and September 30 to earn a park bench made of recycled plastic film from Trex!

Due to the popularity and overwhelming positive response, as well as the ongoing need, we have decided to continue this program indefinitely.

Donation Stats as of November 11, 2022

Total Collected

906.6 lbs

We have reached our goal of 500 lbs and our recycled plastic bench is now in Atrium I of the Bayou Building. Go check it out and keep it going!

What can be recycled?

We can accept the following items:

  • Grocery bags
  • Bread bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Dry Cleaning bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Plastic shipping envelopes
  • Ziploc & other reclosable food storage bags
  • Cereal bags
  • Case overwrap
  • Salt bags
  • Pallet wrap and stretch film
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Produce bags

Donation bins are located at Delta, Campus Rec, STEM, UHCL at Pearland, the EIH Office in the Bayou Building North Office Annex, and the first and second floors of the SSCB and Bayou Buildings. View bin locations here (PDF). For more information, please view the info sheet (PDF).

View the 2022 Earth Month Kick-Off Competition Results

The Plastic Film Recycling Challenge is brought to you in collaboration with the UHCL ECO Committee, UHCL Dining Services, Facilities Management & Construction, and General Support Services, as well as the Johnson Space Center,  and The Galveston Bay Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist.