Apr. 22: The Climate Action Group and its area partners have collected 570 pounds of plastic! The collection will continue through the group’s showing of the documentary “Plastic Paradise” at UUCF on May 31.

Apr. 16: Bags from mulch, potting soil, etc., are accepted but only if they have been turned inside out, washed and dried, and are clean inside and out. In general, frozen food bags are accepted but not the steamable kind. If the bag is acceptable, when stretched, you should see a thumbprint remaining if you press on it.

Apr. 9 update: We’re over 500 pounds! The UUCF Climate Action Group’s plastic bag recycling program reached its 500 pound goal on Sunday. The program will end on May 31 with the showing of the documentary “Plastic Paradise” at UUCF.

Mar. 26 update: The UUCF Climate Action Group has collected 407.89 pounds of plastic bags and other materials, almost 82% of its goal.

Mar. 12 update: The UUCF Climate Action Group has collected 323.66 pounds of plastic bags and other materials, about 64.7% of its goal.

Feb. 24 update: The UUCF Climate Action Group has collected 243.45 pounds of plastic bags and other materials, about 48.7% of its goal.

Jan. 29 update: So far the UUCF Climate Action Group has collected 108.79 pounds or 21.8% of its goal. The campaign will continue for several months. Congregants are asked to check the website announcement or fliers around campus for help in determining which items are being accepted.

Want to help prevent plastic bags and other plastic materials from ending up in our oceans, landfills and in the stomachs of our wildlife? The UUCF Climate Action Group (CAG) has launched a campaign to send these items to Trex, a composite decking company.

Please start saving the following items and bring them to UUCF to deposit into the marked receptacle in the Commons. Visit the Commons table after services to learn more about this campaign. Questions? Contact Loretta Rowe.

Trex accepts the following high-density and low-density polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE) plastics that are clean, dry and free of any food residue:

  • Pallet wrap and stretch film
  • Bread bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Wood pellet bags
  • Bubble wrap and air pillows used in packaging
  • Dry cereal bags
  • Re-closable food storage bags
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Case overwrap
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Produce bags
  • Salt bags

Please do not include any materials that are collected by regular residential recycling programs.

To tell if a plastic is HDPE or LDPE:

  • Check to see if the packaging is labeled with a 2 or a 4. If so, it can be collected at UUCF unless it is rigid plastic.
  • See if the packaging will stretch when you pull it. If you can, it is accepted at UUCF collection points.
  • If the packaging is shiny or makes crinkling or crunching sound when you squeeze it, it cannot be collected at UUCF.