Sustainable Jersey presented Trex Company with the 2023 Sustainable Business Leadership Award, in recognition of the company’s significant commitment to the core sustainability principles of people, planet and prosperity, along with strong support for values that the Sustainable Jersey program advances. Trex Company accepted the award at Sustainable Jersey’s Annual Luncheon at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference.
“At Trex, sustainability is not just a buzzword—it’s a founding principle of our company and part of our DNA,” said Stephanie Hicks, materials sourcing and recycling programs manager for Trex Company. “Our high-performance composite decking is made from 95 percent reclaimed materials, so recycling plays a considerable role in our day-to-day operations. Through our NexTrex Recycling Program [nextrex.com], we are proud to partner with thousands of eco-conscious retailers and community organizations like those involved with Sustainable Jersey to divert millions of pounds of plastic waste each year from ending up in landfills and give it new life as beautiful and sustainable Trex decking. We are truly grateful for their support and share this award with them.”
Dozens of green teams across New Jersey have participated in the NexTrex recycling program, each collecting a minimum of 1,000 pounds of single-use plastic bags and plastic film from community members. Municipalities and other entities have the option to host and operate a Trex baler, paid for by Trex, which compacts the waste and allows communities to receive and store more plastic waste than ever. This opportunity puts local communities on the front line of diverting single-use plastics from the landfills while also helping Trex to continue to make eco-friendly outdoor products.
Sustainable Jersey Director Randall Solomon says: “Trex Company empowers municipalities and schools to be environmental champions in their local communities. The company is genuinely committed to developing new and more sustainable ways of doing business and can demonstrate tangible progress towards ambitious sustainability goals. Trex Company is an example of how a company can take sustainability and community responsibility seriously and contribute locally to improving the quality of life in New Jersey.”