National Fiber, Trex Partner on Project

Companies to launch a pilot program to recycle plastic cellulose packaging bags.

February 28, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Paper Plastics

National Fiber, a Belchertown, Mass.-based manufacturer of Cel-Pak cellulose insulation, and Trex Co., a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing based in Winchester, Va., have joined forces to launch a recycling program that will collect National Fiber’s cellulose packaging in the Northeast. The program is already in operation in Belchertown, Mass., and the two companies hope to expand the program over the next year to cover National Fiber’s entire distribution area.

National Fiber’s Cel-Pak cellulose insulation is composed of 85 percent recycled newspapers. The company is now looking to start more comprehensive recycling of its finished product.

“Our installers and their customers are very conscious of the environment, energy savings and doing everything they can to reduce waste,” says Chris White, National Fiber’s director of sales. “They want to be able to recycle everything they can. By partnering with Trex Company, we’ve found a way to not just recycle our packaging, but to ‘upcycle’ the bags into another high-quality, sustainable building product.”

National Fiber has established collection points for Cel-Pak bags throughout the central Massachusetts area, and is working with its distributor network throughout the Northeast to expand collections rapidly.

National Fiber has been manufacturing cellulose insulation in Belchertown since 1978. MacGregor Bay Corp. has owned the business since 1997. The company says all the old newspapers (ONP) the company uses to make its Cel-Pak product is hand sorted to remove magazines and inserts, which would result in a lower quality product because of the glossy, clay coating.

In a news release, National Fiber says it also does not purchase raw material from solid waste firms to further ensure the quality of the material it uses to make its insulation products.