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


"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

How to Guidebook