Why is it important to recover and recycle rigid plastics?
For Your Sustainable Operations
Recycling rigid plastics, will help build upon your store’s “green” culture and is a program you can actively promote with store associates, your customers and to the media. Recycling rigid plastics, is one more step toward reducing your landfill waste and carbon footprint. Rigid plastic recycling may also diminish an associate’s daily “throw away” behavior and encourage the reduce, reuse, and recycle behavior instead.
If Zero Waste is a part of your core sustainability strategy, this recycling program is a natural fit.
For Your Bottom Line
Grocery rigid plastic is typically and historically treated as waste and usually thrown into the compactor, dumpster or given away. Recycling rigid plastics is valuable to your bottom line and valuable to the recycling industry. By recovering this material, there is a real opportunity to increase your recycling revenue. Furthermore, let’s not forget your waste diversion savings when recycling these rigid plastics. It may in fact double your revenue/savings potential. Use the following equation to estimate your total savings...
A watermelon bin full of tightly stacked/nested rigid plastic containers (net box 1 pallet) = Approx. 90 lbs
Benefits of Recycling Rigid Plastics
Tightly nested/stacked pails, of #2 HDPE & #5 PP on a pallet, averaging 7 feet high = Approx. 300 lbs