Stretch Wrap, Plastic Recycling Programs - A How to Guide

Stretch Wrap, Plastic Recycling Programs - A How to Guide

What is it?

Stretch wrap is commonly made of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE). It arrives at your dock in a fairly clean condition and if kept that way it has a real market value. Stretch wrap may well be the most valuable recyclable material in your warehouse/distribution center.

Why recycle stretch wrap?
Stretch wrap is one of the largest components of a warehouse/distribution center’s waste stream. Those who don’t recycle it pay to have it hauled away. This could mean thousands of pounds of stretch wrap per year which translates into dollars saved or dollars spent.

The Economics of Stretch Wrap Recycling
By removing stretch wrap from the waste stream, you will reduce the number of pulls therefore; saving money. First, there is the cost of hauling trash to the disposal site. This a fixed cost that you are aware of and can easily place in your formula for savings.

Getting Started
• Revolution Minipak Baler by Quick Pak Inc

In Receiving
Here is you first opportunity to recover stretch wrap and is an important checkpoint. If stretch wrap is stripped from pallets in receiving, it should be immediately placed in the Revolution Minipak Baler.
Employees who are assembling outgoing pallets may be breaking down pallets loads and stripping stretch wrap. Since this may take place throughout your facility it is important to have the Revolution Minipak Baler in those areas where most of this activity occurs.

Baling the Stretch Wrap
To lower the costs of storage and transportation, stretch wrap should be baled.

Keys to Success
Your employees hold the key to the success of your stretch wrap recycling program. Make sure they understand the importance of their contribution.

A. Emphasize their role in helping your company achieve important environmental goals

B. Underscore that tape and paper labels are serious contaminants and must be removed.

C. Discourage the use of recycling containers as trash receptacles – especially among those employees not directly involved in the recycling program.

D. Recognize that ongoing employee education and motivation will be essential to long-term success.

Challenges and Opportunities
The bottom line is that recycling must be seen as a firm-wide commitment – from the manager who recycles office paper to the warehouse employee who collects stretch wrap and bales corrugated. Recycling stretch wrap presents several opportunities.

A well-run program can have hefty economic benefits. Diverting stretch wrap from landfills to the stream of commerce will save energy and preserves resources.

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