How to Recycle Your Grocery Rigid Plastics


Select any level of commitment to a rigid plastics recycling program...and you’ll still benefit.

LEVEL 1  Create New Revenue and Save Money...
simply recover, clean, stack and recycle in-store rigid plastics.

LEVEL 2  Increase Your New Revenue and Save More Money...
add other rigid plastics (pharmacy stock bottles, spools, floral buckets, etc.) to your program.

LEVEL 3  Maximize Your Revenue/Savings Potential...install rigid plastic baling equipment.



Program Logistics Successfully Implemented in the APR Pilot Projects

Preparing for Recycling

1. Individual Store orders cardboard “watermelon bins” for consolidating collected rigid plastics

2. An area is designated in the store’s “back room” for staging watermelon bin on wood pallet

3. Watermelon bin is labeled with each store’s identification number


1. After rigid plastic containers are emptied, they are scraped clean if necessary

2. Rigid plastic containers and lids are rinsed

3. Lids/containers are air dried

Stacking and Storing

1. In each department, containers are stacked by resin type (#2 HDPE, #5PP) and size

2. Once adequate quantity has accumulated, stacked containers are moved to watermelon bin

3. Lids are placed in clear plastic bag

4. Bin is filled to top, without overflowing

5. Plastic bag of lids is placed on top of bin stacked with rigid plastics

Backhauling to Distribution/Recycling Center

1. Watermelon bin is checked for correct stacking, trash, etc.

2. Bin is backhauled on “clean out” truck going back to recycling/distribution center with other recyclables (baled OCC, film, etc.)

Managing Rigid Plastics at Distribution/Recycling Center

1. Full watermelon bins are either stored (in warehouse of storage trailer) or baled

2. Once a adequate number of bins or bales has accumulated, rigid plastics are shipped to market


A Visual Walk Through of Recycling Grocery Rigid Plastics