Sustainability through Milk Jugs and Megasites - An Earth Day 2020 Reflection

April 21, 2020

Bales of milk jugs to be recycled into Polywood furniture

April 22nd is Earth Day 2020. What better time to reflect on sustainability efforts going on in Person County, North Carolina?


One of the most amazing and impactful of those efforts is through Polywood, a maker of outdoor furniture from recycled plastics. In 2019, Polywood recycled the equivalent of 146,000,000 milk jugs and is committed to incorporating a million pounds of ocean-bound plastic into its outdoor furniture in the coming year. 


Person County is proud to be Polywood’s east coast location and to support their efforts, in part, through a partnership with the Person County Recycling Center to raise awareness about recycling through the #MilkJugsMeanJobs campaign.




High-speed internet is the new clean water. As much as all our lives have been impacted by COVID-19, imagine what these days would be like without the internet. Often in rural counties, many people don’t have to imagine.

Person County Government has spent the last year constructing 52 miles of fiber across the county and has partnered with RiverStreet Networks1 to continue to close the gaps in providing high-speed internet to our citizens.

Our present circumstance has demonstrated that one of the most environmentally beneficial things a company may be able to do is to allow employees to work remotely. In Person County, this is an ever-expanding possibility.


Site Preparation

Person County’s vision with fiber expansion intersects another stride that is in-step with an economy transitioning to cleaner, more sustainable energy – the development of the Person County Mega Park. With its abundant power, water, and fiber capacity, this site has been developed since its inception with this industry sector in mind. Advanced manufacturers - such as semiconductor fabs, electric vehicle and battery manufacturers and data centers - seeking to locate or expand in the Triangle will find robust infrastructure to do so here.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into even clearer view that we must think on a global scale. These are a few ways that Person County, NC, is planning for and participating in what comes next. 

Happy Earth Day.

Person County is a part of the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, with proximity to the Piedmont Triad Region, and is a border county to Virginia. Person County Economic Development serves as the primary contact for business and industry seeking to locate or expand in Person County. Contact us today for available buildings, sites, or other information about all the ways that Everything is Better in Person. 

1Through another partnership with Piedmont Electric Membership Cooperative, RiverStreet is polling communities for expansion interest. Express your interest here


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