4 Plastic Industry Trends in 2018 for Warehouse & Distribution Centers

By Michael Kralstein | Stretch Wrap

Oct 11

Each year ushers in exciting changes within the plastic industry, and 2018 has been no different. From an increased demand for stretch film to greener and more sustainable products, let's take a closer look at four prevalent plastic trends shaping 2018.

Stretch Film Will Continue to Stay in Demand

According to the Cleveland-based research firm The Freedonia Group, stretch film demand will continue to grow by a formidable 3.8% each year through the year 2021. With stretch film being in demand, it's expected to grow to a 2.7 billion market in 2021.

This growth of stretch film can be primarily attributed to enhancements to stretch wrapping equipment and machinery. It can also be attributed to bolstered resin properties and the growing market for more cost-effective products. And at AAA Polymer, you can find a full lineup of in-demand stretch film to meet the increasing demand for your warehouse or distribution center. We offer:

Increase in Plastic Stretch Film Recycling

Because of the continued increase in stretch film demand, the recycling industry is poised to experience growth as well. In 2015, the recycling of plastic stretch films, bags, and other types of packaging climbed to almost 1.2 billion pounds across North America. This climb represented the 11th consecutive year of increase and the largest yearly collection for plastic stretch wrap packaging since the American Chemistry Council started taking surveys.

Starting a Plastic Stretch Film Recycling Program

Plastic recycling programs offer business owners the opportunity to turn their plastic trash into cash. Plastics are an extremely versatile and valuable business asset. Instead of paying to have their plastic stretch film waste hauled off with the general trash, savvy businesses have implemented a plastic stretch film recycling program to turn plastic trash into cash. And AAA Polymer can help! Here’s how a plastic recycling program works:

  • AAA Polymer visits your warehouse or distribution center to conduct a complimentary onsite survey to properly capture how much recyclable materials your facility is using.
  • If we deem it necessary, we will help in the installation of a bailing machine.
  • Once you collect enough plastic stretch film waste; you call us, and we will come pick up you plastic scraps.
  • Then we transport the plastic scrap back to our facility for weighing and processing.
  • In the end, we’ll pay you market value for your plastic recyclable materials.

In addition to earning cash for your plastic trash, you will reduce your waste management costs. Savvy businesses and warehouses already have a viable plastic stretch film recycling program, and AAA Polymer can help you establish one, so you can take advantage of this growing trend. Read The Ultimate Guide to Stretch Film Recycling in Warehouses.

The Race to Use PCR Resins in Manufacturing

In the most recent years, consumer goods have made huge strides in improving the recyclability of packaging to ensure it’s recoverable. However, a growing number of manufacturers are racing to incorporate postconsumer resins (PCR) into their products to meet a new consumer demand.

More importantly, the increasing demand for PCR products will be critical in creating strong domestic end markets for recycled materials — especially in light of China’s ban from receiving the other countries’ recyclable plastic. Let's take a closer look at how one international manufacturer used PCR resins to achieve its strategic initiatives.

Large Brands Using PCR Resins

To truly understand how postconsumer resins are being incorporated into everyday products, let’s look at PepsiCo. With the goal of achieving best-in-class status for recycled content in the beverage industry, PepsiCo bolstered the use of its recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) up to 139 million pounds a year in 2015, which represented an increase of 4%.

PepsiCo’s brands are led by Naked Juice, whose distinctively square bottles are made of 100% PCR. By avoiding the use of virgin PET resins, Naked Juice saved a staggering 25% of the energy normally consumed in the standard manufacturing process.

Trex Cardinal PCR Resin

You can expect more and more manufacturers across different industries to increasingly implement PCR resins in their products. And if you’re a manufacturer looking for the highest quality PCR resins, AAA Polymer is your partner of choice.

We proudly offer Trex Cardinal PCR pellets which are made from 100% recycled materials with no post-industrial film or virgin plastic. AAA Polymer’s Trex Cardinal resins have been certified by the International Code Council.

Increased Use of PCR Products

Even if you’re not manufacturing products, you can still implement PCR resins in your facility with AAA Polymer’s environmentally-friendly PCR can liners. All of our PCR can liners boast:

  • Comparable pricing and strength as standard can liners made from virgin resins.
  • The ability to help your facility reduce its reliance on virgin raw materials.
  • The ability to help your company meet its sustainability goals.

Simply put, you don’t have to manufacture products to take advantage of the growing trend of using PCR resins. Download our PCR Brochure or visit our PCR Can Liner FAQs to learn more.

Contact AAA Polymer Today

Whether you're looking for the best plastic stretch film, to start a plastic stretch film recycling program, purchase Trex Cardinal PCR resins, or close the loop with PCR can liners, AAA Polymer can help. Since 1974, we’ve been delivering cutting-edge solutions to business owners throughout the United States. We'll use our expertise to help you achieve your strategic goals and green initiatives.

Contact AAA Polymer today.

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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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