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?

Typical U.S. supermarket generates 80-150# of rigid recyclable plastic weekly
(volume varies by store sales)

  • Most rigids come from Fresh and Pharmacy departments
  • Primarily clean HDPE#2 and PP#5
  • Generated by conventional stores - confirmed by recent in-field studies


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