Types of Grocery Rigids?

    #2 HDPE – High Density Polyethylene
    #5 PP – Polypropylene
     Open top, nestable FOOD containers with
     separate lid/cover

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Recycle grocery rigid plastics?

For your Bottom Line:
    Reduce Trash Costs
    Increase Recycling Revenue
For Sustainable Operations:
    Reduce your Carbon Footprint
    Increase your “Green Culture"

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Where are Grocery Rigids?

#2 and #5 rigid plastics are typically found in the:

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Recycling – Step by Step

    Collect Data
    Find a Market
    Develop Logistics
    Train Associates
    Collect/Manage Rigids
    Ship to Market

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Program Overview

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The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) represents companies who have over 94% of the post-consumer plastic recycling capacity in the US, Canada and Mexico. In North America, there is an every-growing demand for recyclable plastics. Rigid plastics, found “behind the counter” in full-line supermarkets, is valuable feedstock to plastic reclaimers and can help fulfill part of this demand.

This APR website, developed with assistance from the American Chemistry Council, has been created for the grocery store industry as they “green” their operations – both financially and environmentally – by recycling rigid plastics. There’s great value in recycling grocery rigid plastics – when a 1,000 pound OCC bale’s value was $70, the same size bale of #2 HDPE or #5 PP’s value was $250.


Did You Know?

APR Announces supermarket rigid plastics recycling video

Baling Rigid Plastic Packaging Assures Maximum Market Value

Click here to read the full press release

Growing demand for recycled rigid plastic drives supermarket recycling

Plastic recyclers seek rigid plastic which is typically found in high volumes behind the counters in supermarkets.

  • Many supermarkets react to growing demand for rigid plastics containers.
  • Grocers partner with local recyclers to keep plastic packaging out of the waste stream.
  • Chain supermarkets that generate high volumes of rigid plastics find that baling rigids centrally makes greatest economic sense.


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