Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hilex Poly plans more recycling

On behalf of Hilex Poly's 125 workers in Jerome, I would like to thank the voters of Hailey for learning the facts and voting against a ban on plastic bags, and in the process understanding that recycling is a better option for the environment and the economy. Our plant annually recycles as many plastic bags, wraps and sacks as we can get our hands on. In fact, Jeanette Medlin, one of our employees, regularly drives to Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum to pick up plastic bags at participating retailers to bring them back to the plant to be reprocessed.

It's something we take a great deal of pride in and something we want to not only continue but expand. We are excited to partner with a community that understands that by working together we can create sustainable programs that prevent litter and reduce landfill waste while protecting Idaho jobs.

Moving forward, Hilex intends to engage with various stakeholders in the Wood River Valley to discover ways to develop even more recycling partnerships in Hailey and other communities. The outcome of the election in Hailey was much more than a rejection of a plastic bag ban. It was a call for increased recycling and responsibility. Now is the time to build on that momentum, and we're committed to being part of that effort.

Mike Schutz

Plant manager Hilex Poly

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