Answers to the 6 Most Frequently Asked Plastic Recycling Questions

Answers to the 6 Most Frequently Asked Plastic Recycling Questions

By Michael Kralstein | Plastics Recycling

Jun 07

Businesses naturally have plastic recycling questions when it comes to their day-to-day operations. There are so many rules, regulations, and processes that it can seem overwhelming to the average business owner. And some cities and municipalities having additional rules; how are businesses supposed to know which plastics to keep separate?

Luckily, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. It doesn’t take an on-site plastics expert to improve your business’s recycling efficiency and profitability. You just need to know the basics. Continue reading for answers to the most common asked plastic recycling questions from the experts at AAA Polymer.

Top Plastic Recycling Questions

Being in the recycling business, we hear certain questions asked more frequently than others, regarding what and how to recycle. The most important ones we come across are as follows:

Are All Plastics the Same?

No. Plastics have a huge range in how they are made, and that means a big range in how they are recycled. Different plastic polymers come with defining characteristics. If you aren’t a plastics expert, don’t worry – plastic materials will typically have a label on or near the bottom to indicate what kind of plastic it is.

At the same time, your plastic recycling expert at AAA Polymer can help you understand the differences in the types of recyclable plastics. While some plastics have a higher recyclable value, you should do your best to recycle all plastics.

Can I Put Them All Together Anyway?

Keeping all recyclables together is certainly better than not recycling at all. However, businesses should understand – when you force someone else to separate your plastics it costs time and money. This trickles up and reduces the profits realized from a commercial recycling program,  especially when it comes to stretch film recycling.

The best solution to encourage and educate your employees about separating plastics. Using clearly colored bins and having clear signage throughout your facility is a great way to remind everyone about which plastics go where.

How Should I Separate Plastics?

As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to keep plastic bottles, containers and shopping bags separate (high density polyethylene) from plastic wraps and films (low density polyethylene). This is one of the most helpful things a business can do to improve their commercial recycling program. It's also important to know which plastic materials will provide your business with the highest return.  

How Can AAA Polymer Turn Plastic Trash into Cash?

At AAA Polymer, we make turning plastic trash into cash a seamless and simple process. Here's how it works:

  1. Our commercial recycling representatives will visit your business and provide a free onsite survey. We'll work to capture you business's recycling needs and habits.

  2. If required, we will help with the installation of a compactor or bailing machine.

  3. We will pick up both large quantities as well as quantities smaller than a truck load.

  4. Our experts will transport the materials back to our facility for weighing and processing.

  5. We will pay you fair market value for your plastic recyclables.

Can I Have Proof of the Recycling of My Plastics?

AAA Polymer offers Certified Destruction services that can be fully customized to meet the needs of your business. Upon request, we'll provide your organization with documentation of the destruction of sensitive and/or proprietary plastics materials or packaging.  

How to Get the Most from the Plastic Recycling Program?

Companies who do well with plastic stretch film recycling take proactive steps to improve adoption rates as well as the quality of the plastic stretch film. By communicating the initiative to your employees and your vendors, you can make your program as successful as possible. Use the following tips:

  • Make plastic stretch film recycling an operational goal by including it in all business discussions.
  • Place plastic stretch film recycling bins in convenient locations where pallets are received and shipped.
  • Clearly label bins that are designated for stretch film and wraps
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    Minimize contaminants on the stretch film by avoiding using labels and tapes
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    Communicate the initiative to vendors and avoid using tinted films as much as possible.
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    Make continuous improvements to the plastic recycling program and reward departments who perform well.

Contact AAA Polymer Today

AAA Polymer utilizes experienced, capable, and committed leaders and recycling professionals to effectively handle plastic recycling projects of all size. Whether you operate multiple warehouses across the United States or a small distribution center, we have the resources to help you achieve your goals.

Contact AAA Polymer today to learn more about plastic recycling or commercial 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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