How to Recycle Plastic Film and Shrink Wrap (LDPE)

By Maggie Caldwell | April 17, 2015

We've talked about why it's always cost-effective to divert plastic film, shrink wrap, and other LDPE away from your waste stream and into your recycling stream: every ounce of weight you save from the landfill is money in your pocket. Because the current market is strong and is expected to grow, so every bit of your shrink wrap is worth money. 

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Missed Recycling Opportunities That Cost You Money

By Maggie Caldwell | September 26, 2014

Commercial single stream recycling is cheaper for your company than waste hauling, but even if you already have a program in place, chances are you can recycle even more to save. Here's how:

Start off by taking a look inside your dumpster . . . what do you see? Paper? Plastic? Batteries? Printer cartridges? Empty soda cans? Make a list.

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Choosing a Baler

By Maggie Caldwell | August 5, 2014

Any type of company - manufacturers, distributors, printers, retailers, or some other type of business - that generates a minimim of 10 tons (20,000 pounds) recyclable commodities each month should invest in a baler. Choosing the right baler for your volume allows you to streamline your recycling program and maximize the revenue you receive from your recyclable materials by:

  • forming solid blocks of individual commodity: old corrugated cardboard (OCC), plastics bottles, plastic film and shrink wrap, etc.
  • doubling commodity value when you process it yourself
  • allowing you to get rid of excess gaylords, saving floor space
  • maximizing weight of your recyclables so you don't pay to haul air

Balers are a tool in your recycling program, and like any tool it's important to choose the right one for the job. Don't waste money on a baler that does more than you need; for many businesses the simplest choice is the best one. On the other hand, larger volume generators will find that the right investment in equipment helps trim labor costs involved in recycling.

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Recycling Plastic Film and Shrink Wrap

By Maggie Caldwell | May 16, 2014

Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers: when should you recycle plastic film and shrink wrap?

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