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Benches made from recycled bags installed at South Carroll High School

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 11:11:24-04

SYKESVILLE, md. — Plastic waste has become a pervasive problem, prompting legislation like a new proposed plastic bag ban in Baltimore or the recent statewide ban of polystyrene foam ban.

While environmentally focused legislation might tackle the “reduce” portion of the sustainability adage, the “reuse” and “recycle” tactics were utilized by the South Carroll High School Green Team with the instillation of some new benches.

The school received the new seating arrangements courtesy of the Martin’s Food “Bags to Benches” program. The benches are made from recycle plastic grocery bags, those ubiquitous yet elusive polluters that find their ways into trees, storm drains, and thousands of other places.

The benches were assembled by students and placed in an area that is maintained by the Green Team containing native plants, repurposed walkway stones, and garden sculptures. Donations of mulch and plants from the Carroll County Public Schools Outdoor School enhance the area.

“Recycled benches help to exemplify a Green Team goal of solid waste reduction,” a release from the school said, “and show one way to upcycle trash into items that benefit the community.”