What Are the Best Ways to Recycle Plastic Stretch Film

What Are the Best Ways to Recycle Plastic Stretch Film

By AAA Polymer | Plastics Recycling

Mar 28

If you don't know the ways to recycle plastic stretch film, you're most likely throwing your hard-earned profits away with the trash. Fortunately, the team at AAA Polymer can and will help. We offer warehouses, distribution centers, and businesses the premier way to recycle plastic stretch film. Let's take a closer look at the best ways to recycle plastic stretch film. 

What Is the Best Way to Recycle Plastic Stretch Film?

At AAA Polymer, our plastic stretch film recycling program can help your facility reduce costs and potentially turn your plastic stretch film scrap into real cash. Here's how.

Save Money with Plastic Stretch Film Recycling

When you remove your plastic stretch film scraps from your waste stream, you will automatically save money in more ways than one:

  1. Stretch film recycling will reduce the cost of hauling your plastic scraps to the site of disposal. Most facilities charge a fixed fee each time your trash container is picked up. Your program can help you achieve the lowest total costs of disposal. 

  2. You may also be levied a tipping fee, which is a charge based on the amount of your waste. Levied on a “per ton” basis, your waste processing facility can charge anywhere from $20 up to $100

Potentially Earn Cash for Your Plastic Stretch Film Scraps

Not only will your stretch film recycling program save you money, but it can also actually result in a net gain. When market conditions allow, we pay our customers cash for their plastic scraps. Because the plastic recycling market changes, the price of scrap stretch film and plastics changes. This means the amount we can pay for plastic stretch film scraps changes with the market.

How Does Plastic Stretch Film Recycling Work? 

At AAA Polymer, we make it easy for you to start and maintain your plastic stretch film recycling program. Here's how it works:

  1. Our commercial recycling reps will visit your site and provide an analysis of your facility. We will carefully monitor and capture the types of materials being thrown away to discover potential savings. 

  2. If necessary, we will help in the installation of an appropriate bailing machine.

  3. Once you get a load, simply reach out to AAA Polymer. One of our collections experts will visit your site to collect the plastic stretch film. 

  4. The stretch wrap scraps will be transported back to our facility for processing and weighing. 

  5. If applicable, we will pay you market value for your plastic stretch film. 

Recycle Plastic Film with Closed Loop Recycling

Very simply, closed-loop recycling is a process where the waste material of one product or workstream (like the unwrapping of pallet stretch film) is used to create 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 begins with the collection of your scrap plastic stretch wrap. As we previously mentioned, we will help your facility start a commercial recycling program that can net real savings. You can even earn cash for your scrap plastic stretch film under certain conditions. 

2. Manufacturing

After collecting, your stretch film scraps are processed and turned into plastic resin or pellets. The resins are then utilized by other manufacturers to create new products. This takes us to the final step. 

What Is the Best Way to Recycle Plastic Stretch Film?

Whether you opt for closed-loop recycling vs open, both methods of stretch film recycling can result in a win-win for the environment and your business. For starters, recycling your stretch wrap can help prevent the material from ending up in a landfill where it can last up to 400 years. 

If you're looking to amplify the environmental benefits even further, purchasing products (where possible) made with PCR can lead to lower emissions and reduced petroleum consumption. Yet, the environmental benefits of recycling your stretch film are only the beginning. 

You can leverage your open-loop or closed-loop recycling to bolster the bottom line and your overall brand image. In 2015, Nielsen served more than 30,000 consumers from throughout the globe, and the trends were telling. 

Based on the survey, 66% of consumers agree they would be willing to pay more for products sourced sustainably. When you consider just the Millennial consumers, this number jumps to an impressive 77%. Whether you start an open or closed stretch film recycling program, both can lead to several benefits on and off the balance sheet. 

Contact AAA Polymer 

When it comes to the best ways to recycle plastic stretch films and wraps, the team at AAA Polymer can help. As a leading plastic recycling company, we will guide you through the process and use our decades of experience to help you get the most from your commercial recycling program. 

Since 1974, we have partnered with several distribution centers, warehouses, and businesses throughout the Tri-State area and beyond. In addition to commercial plastic film recycling, we also offer:

Contact AAA Polymer today.

About the Author

AAA Polymer, Inc. was founded in 1974, as a plastic resin and material trading company with an innovative vision to create a company to provide plastic recycling services for industrial/commercial businesses. If you have any questions, we're here for you. Just call us at 718.389.2498.

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