If you're looking to pad your bottom line and contribute to the greater good, you owe it to your company to explore the many benefits of closed-loop recycling. Most warehouse and distribution center managers love the sound of the idea — but feel as if it's afar off fantasy and completely out of reach. Fortunately, it's not!
At AAA Polymer, we have offered expert assistance and guidance to several warehouses, distribution centers, and other types of businesses. We bring more than four decades of experience creating cost-cutting commercial recycling programs as well as closed-loop recycling initiatives. While every facility may have different needs, the benefits of closed-loop recycling are generally the same. Let's take a closer look at some of the enticing benefits of closed-loop recycling and how AAA Polymer can help you make them your own.
The Environment Benefits from Closed-Loop Recycling
When your facility participates in closed-loop recycling, you prevent volumes of plastic stretch film from ending up in landfills. Plastic scraps can take anywhere from 200 to 400 years to decompose. Instead of tossing plastic stretch film and other recyclables out with the trash, the best solution is to participate in a commercial recycling program.
When you recycle plastic stretch film, you'll give it an entirely new life. Once we collect your plastic stretch film, it will be sorted, cleaned, melted down, and turned into a new product, such as high-quality post-consumer recycled (PCR) can liners. On the other end of the product life cycle, purchasing products that are made from PCR resins will prevent the burning of limited resources to create virgin plastic resins.
Participating in closed-loop recycling can have massive ecological benefits over time. These benefits include lower CO2 emissions that come from virgin plastic production, minimizing the amount of petroleum used in creating virgin plastics, keeping can liners out of landfills, and more!
Create Real Cost Savings with Closed-Loop Recycling
There is no question that industrial and commercial waste hauling is messy and very expensive business. However, removing plastic scrap from your waste will automatically result in real cost savings. For instance, your disposal cost is usually a fixed cost that you pay every time your trash is picked up.
By starting a stretch-film recycling program — the first half of closed-loop recycling — you will significantly reduce the number of times your trash will need to be picked up. And this will reduce the total costs associated with the collection, bailing, and transportation of your facility's trash. In addition, a commercial recycling program can save you money on the tipping fee usually charged at the landfill.
The Benefits of Closed Loop Recycling Include Goodwill
Customers enjoy being associated with companies that have eco-friendly practices. Preaching the values of recycling and practicing it speaks louder than words and resonates more deeply with the public. Not only will they value your commitment to the ecosystem, but it encourages them to do the same.
This builds a sort of bond with the public that can develop into trust and eventually loyalty, something every business strives to build with current and future clients. If you can save money and increase your image publicly, why would you not want to implement the necessary changes? Inevitably, going green and closing the loop can be a strategic differentiator for your brand in the short and long run.
Nothing Goes to Waste with Closed Loop Recycling
There are two types of recycling systems, open-loop recycling, and closed-loop recycling. Open-loop recycling is when materials are recycled and then used for a different product while closed-loop recycling is when materials are recycled and then used to make the same product.
Both recycling systems are better than not having any recycling system in place, but closed-loop recycling takes the trophy when it comes to efficiency.
The problem with open-loop recycling is once the plastic has been reused, it can not reenter the recycling loop. On the other hand, nothing leaves the loop with closed-loop recycling. You can reuse the plastic infinitely over and over, saving tons of virgin plastic from ever having to be produced.
The Financial Benefits of Closed-Loop Recycling
In 2019, Toluna, a consumer intelligence provider, surveyed 1,000 consumers to determine the impact that eco-friendly businesses have on their spending habits. The result? The research concluded that 37% of consumers are actively seeking out and willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products in addition to changing their shopping behavior to reflect this behavior. Spread that data over millions of Americans and it’s easy to see the ramifications this can have on an economy.
A similar study was done on a worldwide scale and the results were even more favorable than Toluna's study. Nielsen, a global marketing research firm, conducted a global sustainability study and found out that 66% of respondents are willing to pay more for services and products offered by companies that are committed to practices that revolved around sustainability and social impact.
Contact AAA Polymer to Experience the Benefits of Closed-Loop Recycling
If you're looking to experience the benefits of closed-loop recycling, you're only a phone call or contact form away from your goals. For more than 40 years, AAA Polymer has helped businesses throughout the tri-state area and beyond realize the benefits of recycling.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.