Economic Overview

As supermarket chains look for opportunities to reduce waste, the recovery of valuable rigid plastics from the deli, bakery, seafood, floral and pharmacy departments is gaining momentum. To help better understand the comparative economies of the three methods for recycling grocery rigid plastics (baling, stacking and single stream), several large chains shared their rigid plastic recycling experiences, which are presented below as case studies. In addition, using knowledge gained over four years of researching grocery rigid plastic recycling, economic comparative metrics were developed to show the estimated financial benefit of each handling method.

  1. Executive Summary

  2. Economic Overview Assumptions

  3. Economic Overview Metrics

  4. Baling Rigid Containers Case Study

  5. Baling Pharmacy Bottle Case Study

  6. Stacking Case Study

  7. Single Stream Case Study