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Fibrex Recycled Site Furnishings Beautify the Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Envirodesign Site Furnishings
Envirodesign Site Furnishings
Envirodesign Site Furnishings

Did you know that in addition to our popular recycling containers, the Fibrex Group has an extensive collection of recycled plastic lumber site furnishings at competitive prices? Recently, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) decided to replace their old, weathered wood benches and trash cans.

Ms. Debbie Galvez, business manager at VIMS, discovered The Fibrex Group on the eVA purchasing portal/directory and decided to give us a call. She realized that due to their scenic, waterfront location that is subject to harsh elements, VIMS required a product that wouldn’t rot, crack, split, shrink, chip or require maintenance like similar wooden or metal products. VIMS decided on our stylish 6’ Envirodesign Victorian Bench which has the look of cast iron with the durability of recycled plastic. They also purchased various picnic tables including the Hexagon and ADA models to accommodate all of their employees and students, and the Envirodesign dome top waste receptacles. All of which never need painting or treating – and are immune to termites and insects, which is so important in a waterfront landscape!

VIMS’ order was promptly delivered by our staff (since we are in the same neck of the woods). All of their site furnishings fit in beautifully with the fresh Spring blooms and their breathtaking location on the river.

By purchasing products manufactured from recycled plastic content, VIMS saved 45,137 milk jugs from being disposed of in a landfill, thus solidifying their commitment to saving the environment and surrounding wetlands. They had indeed “closed the loop”.

The School of Marine Science (SMS) at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States focusing on coastal and estuarine science. The VIMS 40-acre main campus is located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, near the mouth of the York River, a major tributary and passageway to Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The VIMS Gloucester Point campus lies about 13 miles east of the College of William and Mary along the Colonial Parkway. The close proximity to the river and ocean takes a heavy toll on outdoor benches, tables and trash receptacles.

In today’s environment, buying “GREEN” is more important than ever. The Fibrex Group fabricates 100% recycled plastic lumber made from post-consumer recycled plastic milk jugs. Our products are safe for both children and adults, as they do not splinter, absorb bacteria, or contain chemicals that may leach into the skin or soil like pressured treated wood.

Fibrex benches, picnic tables & site furnishings can be found in school play areas, commons areas, parks, sport & recreation facilities both indoors and outdoors. The uses of these products are limited by imagination only. They are perfect for use trail-side, dock-side, at nature centers, stadiums, and shopping/downtown areas– the potentials are endless!

Recycling Containers in Coppell Texas Parks

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Funding for recycling containers was recently awarded for the “Play Green” project.

The grant funding allows the city to furnish additional permanent recycling containers for the parks, as well as purchase more portable recycling containers for the city’s special events as well as educational and promotional materials.

“The containers are primarily for water bottles, cans and that sort of thing,” said Cristal Rollins, community programs coordinator for Coppell. “Those are the things found most often out on the parks and trails. Park goers can now recycle more while they are using the parks, fields, facilities and trails with the new recycling containers in place.

The containers were provided by a Solid Waste Implementation Project grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and Texas Commission on Environmental Equality (TCEQ).

Rollins wrote the grant for just under $15,000 and that money provided 17 new recycling containers in the parks and on the trails located in Coppell.

The recycling containers have been placed at Andy Brown East and West parks, the Kid Country playground and the trail system. Each recycling container is marked with “Coppell Recycles Bottles and Cans” signage and has a special opening at the top to minimize contamination. The recycling receptacles are placed next to trash cans in all locations, Rollins said.

“The recycling containers are in the parks and we are using some of the portable containers we purchased at some of the recent city events,” she said. “We also purchased some promotional items to give out to encourage people to recycle.”

Recycling in the parks was first initiated in 2006. The first recycling containers were placed at the soccer and baseball fields at Wagon Wheel and MacArthur parks through “Run, Refresh, Recycle.”

The “Run, Refresh, Recycle” project was also funded through a Solid Waste Implementation Project grant.

The “Play Green” project funds have given the city the opportunity to enhance the park recycling program, increase the diversion rate and create less waste that ends up in a landfill, and gives park users more chances to play green, Rollins said.

Original article written by Jim Kilpatrick – Coppell Gazette

Recycling Containers Can Cut Your Bill for Trash Removal

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

To any school, college, business, or event, the economic benefits of recycling are simple and substantial. Colleges, schools, businesses and those hosting large events pay hefty fees for the collection, transportation and disposal of garbage and trash. Often, it contains more recyclable materials than actual garbage or trash. Beverage containers, food service containers and documents make up the majority of “the trash” that is transported to already full landfills.
Trash or waste audits can be performed that will provide a reasonable estimate of just how much trash volume and expense can be reduced when you strategically place recycling containers throughout a campus, school, business, or event. At schools and colleges, cafeterias and libraries are ideal locations for recycling containers.
School administrators in particular, may not fully understand the extent of their trash expense. In Seattle, Virginia Mason Hospital recently reduced their garbage expense by $170,000 a year after increasing the use of recycling containers. In addition, the amount of garbage they contributed to landfills was reduced by 80%. Certainly, colleges or large institutions could use that kind of savings.

The Fibrex Group has recycling containers designed for durability and easy cleaning which are also attractive. Recycling bins can have the college or school mascot on them, or they can be color-coordinated with the event or business logo. Our recycling containers are clearly labeled and are made from numerous materials, in many sizes and shapes, to fit nearly every need or decor.

By installing and promoting the use of recycling containers, colleges, schools, businesses and municipalities can significantly reduce their trash expenses and their carbon footprint. School board officials, community leaders and investors will see this as positive indicators of your success and innovative thinking. Additionally, the community will see your business or event as a responsible neighbor, rather than a disruption or intrusion. The successful use of recycling containers will improve your reputation and social performance and keep more cash in the bank.

That Half Empty Plastic Soda Bottle Can Contaminate the Entire Bin

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 21, 2011

This blog post centers upon the little known fact that partially filled plastic containers can ruin the recycling process.  We discussed this subject with our kids the other day.  Our youngest suggested we “put it in our new blog”.  How can we argue with that?
We have a curbside recycle bin and recently discovered a three-quarters-full plastic soda bottle.  You might be surprised how this seemingly benign circumstance can have a dramatic effect on the recycling process.

Consider these facts:

  • Machines that handle the sorting of the materials can become damaged, which means that precious time, energy and money will be needed to repair the machines.
  • Liquids and solids left in recyclable materials makes the job far more difficult and inefficient for workers sorting the material by hand.
  • Certain biodegradable materials actually inhibit the materials in the bin from turning into the highest quality materials possible
  • In extreme cases, foreign matter in the recycling containers can result in the entire bin content being sent directly to the landfill.
Now back to those kids.  I know that they are much more concerned about “Mother Earth” than they are about wasting Mom and Dad’s hard-earned money.  While I don’t expect to see any more half-full soda bottles in our recycle bin,  I am a realist and know their concern for Mother Earth will not  resolve their natural calling to open 12-ounce drinks to satisfy their two-ounce thirst. I suppose they will devise some creative (and comical) covert product disposal methods all in the name of protecting the environment.  


The Fibrex Group's Custom Recycle Box Helps Shopko Stores Improve Brand Loyalty

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 17, 2011

Shopko recycling container in storeThe next time you visit (or drive by) any of  the 250 Shopko stores nation-wide, take note of the Fibrex Group “Custom Recycle Box” prominently displayed at the store entrance.   As we discussed in a previous blog post, Shopko understands the environmental awakening within their client-base and took decisive action.  

Shopko discovered a recurring widespread dilemma within their customer base.  Customers love the utility and convenience of plastic bags at check out, but they are also increasingly unhappy with the amount of plastic they send out with the trash.  Fibrex solved the Shopko customer dilemma via the Shopko “Custom Recycling Box”.  

Consider what this has done for Shopko and what it could do for your business.   For an ever-increasing number of Shopko customers, the first thing they do is deposit the plastic bags of their previous purchase in the custom recycle box.  This conscious act of returning bags to a recycling receptacle is a disciplined, productive act that delivers personal reward associated with the simple act of walking into Shopko. The consumer may or may not actively associate Shopko with the positive emotion, but the subconscious association is indisputable.  

The Fibrex Group's Recycle Box is a low cost collection solution suitable for all types of recyclables: bottles & cans, plastics, paper, or anything else the proprietor wishes to collect.  It is available in a 32 & 44-gallon capacity and is easily customized to perfectly blend into your business model.  We are proud to inform that we manufacture all Recycle Boxes with a minimum of 30% recycled content.

Feel free to contact us today at 1.866.756.4560 and we will be happy to create a custom design just for you, using your logos and colors. Be sure to check out our other fine recyclable products we have to offer as well.

View Fibrex Products at Baltimore Trade Show, March 15-17, 2011!

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Eco Mod Recycling Bin EM2The Fibrex Group invites you to view the latest in green design recycling receptacles, site furnishings, and playground technologies at the National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo. NFMT is the fastest growing conference and trade show of its kind in the nation.

The Fibrex Group will proudly display our industry leading products such as the Mobius and Eco Mod Designer Recycling receptacles (example at right), the environmentally friendly Play Mart Green Design Playgrounds, our latest “Solar Bollard” lighting systems, and more!

Please visit us at the NFMT event. We look forward to meeting you.  Of course contact us anytime for more information.

Fibrex Recycling Containers Drive Client Loyalty to Your Business

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 03, 2011

Shopko recycling container in storeGiven the explosive rise in the volume of "earth friendly" consumers, business owners across the globe now realize that the prominent display of recycling containers is both a profitable and personally rewarding experience.  Business owners who display recycling stations deliver relief to the public's ever-increasing desire to be environmentally responsible.  So the bottom line is this: Business owners who display readily available recycling services generate conscious and subconscious-driven loyalty within the customers they serve.   

If you own/operate any heavy foot traffic retail, manage apartments, or manage hotels, Fibrex's Apartment/Hotel Multi-Recycling 6-gallon Bin will help solidify client loyalty. This bin is freestanding and fits conveniently under sinks or into tight spaces. It has a slanted opening for easy access, with a liquid retention reservoir to prevent residual liquids from making a mess. It is also stackable when the handle is pulled forward to create a multi-purpose recycling station. It is perfect for hotels, dormitories, and offices as well!

The Fibrex Group offers competitive factory-direct pricing on the largest selection of recycling & waste receptacles. Each product is versatile and designed to meet a wide variety of recycling and litter collection needs. Contact us today to learn more about how you can simultaneously help the environment, increase client loyalty, and ultimately your business’ profitability.