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.


How to Guidebook


"Everyone talks about being green and reducing waste in our landfills. This program is a perfect example of an opportunity that exists within our control to do exactly what we talk about."

Roger Belliveau
Manager of Distribution Services
Ahold USA / Stop & Shop

“We have a large amount of associates who look for ways to stop waste and are very green conscious.”

Dave Picano
Sr. Manager of Supply
Ahold USA / Stop & Shop

“Recyclable rigid plastics, of the type found ‘behind the counter’ in grocery stores, provide valuable feedstock to plastic reclaimers selling to companies who want to include recycled content in their products.”

Steve Alexander, Executive Director
Association of Postconsumer
Plastic Recyclers

“Initially, it is difficult to promote a pilot when asking associates to change a procedure they have been performing for years. The ability to emphasize reduction in waste while recycling usable materials will in most instances create enthusiasm and buy-in to the program.”

Roger Belliveau, Manager of Distribution Services, Ahold USA/Stop & Shop

“From a store manager’s point of view, recycling of rigid plastics is a vital new components as part of our “zero waste” efforts to eliminate unnecessary waste and reduce our carbon footprint.”

Jon Fortier, Store Manager
Hannaford Supermarkets/Delhaize America

“At the Recycling Center express the importance of rigid plastics' increased value as part of Hannaford’s robust recycling program, and operational importance of receiving bins that are clean, free of trash, and well nested.”

Jerry Couture, Product Recovery Center Manager, Hannaford Supermarkets
Delhaize America

“Recycling pharmacy stock bottles clearly supports our zero waste strategy and has become a part of our waste reduction culture.”

Christine Gallagher
Manager of Corporate Responsibility
Ahold USA

“It is important for category/brand managers to proactively “encourage” suppliers to replace any wasteful (non-recyclable) shipping crates/packaging, with recyclable packaging.”

George Parmenter
Manager of Sustainability
Hannaford Supermarkets/Delhaize America