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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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why

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

Where are Grocery Rigids?

#2 and #5 rigid plastics are typically found in the:
    Deli
    Bakery
    Seafood
    Pharmacy


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how

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

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) is the international trade association representing the plastics recycling industry. APR actively seeks new ways to strengthen economically viable and environmentally responsible recycling of postconsumer (materials which has served its intended use) plastics. In North America, there is an ever growing demand for recyclable plastics to meet the growing demand for recycled resin material. Rigid plastics, found “behind the counter” in full-line supermarkets, provide valuable feedstock to plastic reclaimers and can help fulfill 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. Recycling grocery rigids is the third component of a balanced grocery recycling program: recovering corrugated cardboard, plastic film and rigid plastics. This website is the “go to” source for implementing and operating a grocery rigid plastic recycling program.

GroceryRigids Map v2

How To Guidebook

This Guidebook - “How to Recycle Grocery Rigid Plastics” has been developed by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), with assistance from the American Chemistry Council. It includes important data gathered from pilot programs conducted for APR by Brown Sustainability Solutions with two partners - Hannaford and Stop & Shop. During the 6 month pilot programs, key lessons were learned on how to best approach grocery rigid plastic recycling. This HOW TO Guidebook is the result of 2-1/2 years of work that included two studies. It has been created to provide a useful tool for the grocery industry, as they look for new ways to “green” their operations.

Click below on the links to view more information regarding the How To Guidebook:

  1. Overview
  2. Markets
  3. Logistics
  4. Education
  5. Pharmacy
  6. Industry Trends
  7. Helpful Resources
  8. Appendix

Did You Know?

Stacked pails 7 feet high of #2 HDPE and #5PP on a pallet = Approximately 300 lbs.
grocery rigid plastic
Image is showing tightly stacked grocery rigid plastic by resin type.

How to Guidebook