One ton of plastic bags will be made into benches by Eco Plastic Products of Delaware

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The benches will be placed throughout Delaware State Parks with informational plaques about the benches and Division’s Carry-in, Carry-Out Trash-Free Parks Program.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Benches made from plastic bags? Really? That’s what Eco Plastic Products of Delaware is doing for the state of Delaware.

Eco Plastic Products of Delaware is a non profit organization that is donating 15 benches that will be made from plastic bags and in honor of Earth Day, Governor John Carney had an opportunity to tour the facility where they will be made.

Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin also joined Carney on the tour.

In 2020, the DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation converted its plastic carry-in carry-out bags at Delaware State Parks to corn and paper products. Left with an excess of plastic bags, the Division worked with Eco Plastic Products of Delaware, a non-profit organization, to have the plastic bags turned into benches for Delaware State Parks.

PHOTO | by DNREC | Eco Plastic Products of Delaware is a non profit organization that is donating 15 benches that will be made from plastic bags, and in honor of Earth Day, Governor John Carney and DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin had an opportunity to tour the facility where they will be made.

Each bench will be made of 127 pounds of plastic bags – approximately 30,000 bags. The excess plastic bags weighed about 2,000 pounds, the equivalent of about 450,000 plastic bags and enough to produce 15 benches for the parks. The benches will be placed throughout Delaware State Parks with informational plaques about the benches and Division’s Carry-in, Carry-Out Trash-Free Parks Program.

Carry-In, Carry-Out, which was implemented in Delaware State Parks in 1994, asks visitors to take their trash with them when they leave, reducing the strain on limited resources, and increasing the beauty of the parks. The corn and paper bags now used in state parks are available to help visitors participate in the program. This program promotes recycling and has saved Delaware State Parks millions of dollars. It also helps keep Delaware State Parks cleaner for all visitors.

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