STRASBURG — The efforts of many environmentally conscious area residents are helping town officials reach their goal of providing a second public bench made of recycled plastic.
This past fall, Winchester-based Trex Co. Inc. created the town’s first Earth-friendly composite bench from 651 pounds of plastic bags and other plastic items that Strasburg employees collected from residents during a six-month period.
Trex manufactures wood-alternative composite decking, railing and other outdoor items made from recycled materials. Strasburg’s first Trex-made bench, which comfortably seats two adults, is stationed in the lobby of Town Hall at 174 E. King St.
This sturdy piece of furniture stands near a collection bin where people can drop off plastic items for the eventual second bench. Accepted items are plastic produce, store, bread, ice and dry-cleaning bags, as well as cereal box liners, newspaper sleeves, bubble wrap and plastic electronic-commerce mailers.
“It’s a good way to get some benches,” Strasburg Town Manager Waverly Coggsdale said on Wednesday at Town Hall about the initiative to convert often-discarded plastic items into comfortable, durable seating.
The town’s second bench made of recycled plastic is slated to stand at the Strasburg Visitor Center at 33229 Old Valley Pike.
“The new bench might go outside of the visitor center by our pollinator garden, which we plan to start in the spring to help our bees,” said Melody Nixon, tourism and marketing specialist at the center.
Nixon and Coggsdale said the town’s initiative to create public benches from plastic items was spearheaded by town Parks and Recreation Manager Marisa Varley, Director of Finance Angela Fletcher and Director of Strategic Initiatives Olivia Hilton.
Coggsdale said he’s not sure how many benches will be made during the overall initiative.
Plastic items for the overall effort can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays at Town Hall, after hours in the Town Hall entry foyer, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week at the visitor center.