A DE organization turns plastic bags into benches

DELAWARE – On Thursday, Governor John Carney and Environmental Control Secretary, Shawn Garvin joined the department of natural resources to tour the facility where state parks will have 15 benches made from plastic bags.

This comes as the governor banned the use of plastic bags, and state parks converted to corn and paper products. With about 2,700 leftover plastic bags, the Division of Parks and Recreation worked with Eco Plastic Products of Delaware to turn plastic into benches for state parks.

This initiative will create job opportunities, and a use for old plastic bags within the state. With some grinding, dying, super-heating, and molding, plastic bags are transformed into lawn furniture.

“Everyone thinks you put that bag in the landfill, you don’t know what’s going to happen to it, so it’s a nice ending for a world that has lots of plastic,” says Ray Bivens Director of Delaware State Parks. “So we look forward to past COVID when everyone can come back out and not have to reduce sizes or programs or those types of things, we know people care deeply about their state parks.”

The Delaware state parks director also tells 47 ABC, this will help with the recent surge in park goers. Next week on earth day, Governor Carney and Secretary Garvin with attend the ribbon cutting to celebrate Killen’s Pond State Park elevated boardwalk.

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