Closed Loop Recycling in 3 Steps: Collection, Manufacturing & Closing the Loop

By Michael Kralstein | Closed Loop Recycling

Oct 11

Closed loop recycling is a system where the waste material of one process (like the unwrapping of pallet stretch film) is used in the production of another (like new can liners and pallet sheets).

Let’s take a closer look at the three main steps involved in a self-sustaining, closed-loop recycling system:

  1. Collection
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Closing the loop

1. Collection

Closed loop recycling starts with the collection of your facility’s scrap plastic stretch film. AAA Polymer will help you establish a recycling program and pay you cash under certain market conditions.

2. Manufacturing

Once collected, your plastic scraps are processed and turned into plastic pellets or resin. The resin is then used by manufacturers to create new products, which takes us to the final step.

3. Closing the Loop

Close the loop on recycling by purchasing products made with recycled materials. For example, AAA Polymer’s post consumer recycled can liners are made with 100% certified Trex Cardinal PCR resins, which can be made from your plastic stretch film scraps and other recycled content.  

Benefits of Closed Loop Recycling

When businesses close the loop, they also:

  • Earn cash for plastic trash under certain market conditions
  • Work to improve brand image
  • Reduce waste disposal and waste hauling costs
  • Save energy, protect natural resources and prevent the release of greenhouse gases
  • Reduce landfill waste and protect wildlife, and
  • Help create new recycling and manufacturing jobs!

Did you know that for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled:

  • 1.57 jobs are created,
  • $76,000 in wages are earned, and
  • $14,101 in tax revenues are generated

Closed loop recycling — It’s what’s good for business, and better for the environment. Contact AAA Polymer to start your facility’s closed loop recycling.

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About the Author

Michael Kralstein started working in sales full time for AAA Polymer in February 2000. In 2006, he became the Sales Manager of our can liner division. He currently manages all aspects related to can liners.

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