A recycled bench with a new purpose

Its made out of found plastic

Belen Ward
bward@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/4/22

The Weld Legacy Trail received a recycled bench made of over 500 pounds of recycled plastic donated from the Carbon Valley Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, …

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A recycled bench with a new purpose

Its made out of found plastic

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The Weld Legacy Trail received a recycled bench made of over 500 pounds of recycled plastic donated from the Carbon Valley Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, according to the press release by Weld County.

“Our first collection of plastic, the Highland lake Historical Pioneer Cemetery received a bench, and we also helped the Carbon Valley High Plains Library reach their goal, and they received a bench for their walking path around the library. In our second collection, the chapter members voted on placing the next bench on the Weld Legacy Trail,” said Debra Brodhead, Chapter Regent of the group.

The TREX bench overlooks a pond owned by the Central Water Conservancy. The Weld Legacy Trail extends from the Weld County Southwest Service Center into St. Vrain State Park. The Weld County Commissioners approved the bench and an onsite presentation ceremony at the Weld Legacy Trail was held on December 17th with Weld County Commissioners Lori Saine and Scott James.

Also attending the ceremony Debra Brodhead, Chapter Regent for the NSDAR Carbon Valley Chapter, NSDAR representatives; Esther DeManche Chapter Registrar, Amy Lister Chapter Treasurer, Connie Masson Chapter Vice Regent presented the bench and a certificate to Weld County at the site. Town of Mead officials also attended, Kaley Hein, Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Mead, Helen Migchelbrink Town Manager of Mead, and the Town of Mead Mayor, Colleen Whitlow.

The TREX Bench was built in coordination with the NEXTREX Community Challenge created by the Carbon Valley Chapter NSDAR. Its TREX Challenge is to collect pounds of plastic film and bags to be recycled by participating businesses.

Brodhead said, “One of our members saw an article on the TREX Community Challenge and did some research on what we needed to do. The chapter decided that this would be a great conservation project. We collected pounds of plastic film in 6 months from friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, and the local scout troop.”

With help from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, the Southwest Weld County Motor Vehicle Office, the Town of Mead, and numerous families and friends volunteered to help the Carbon Valley Chapter NSDAR collect over 500 pounds of plastic film in six months to build the bench. Then Carbon Valley NSDAR donated the bench.

“We are now working on our third collection and will vote on the recipient of this next bench during our February chapter meeting. Every time we meet our goal for a new bench, we are excited to present it to a recipient that our chapter members vote on. This project is very much a team effort,” said Brodhead.

Frederick, Fort Lupton, Weld County, Legacy Trail

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