Shatter resistant lightweight rigid
plastic containers are the choice for so many items
delivered to today’s grocery stores for in store use deli containers, frosting buckets, floral
buckets, pharmacy bottles. But when they are empty what then? The smart answer is BALING grocery rigid plastics. Just
100 stores could easily result in over one hundred
thousand dollars in new revenue. A new study shows that grocery store
chains with a hundred stores can generate 200 tons
of valuable rigid plastics in a year’s time. There are four options
to handle these plastics. Pay to landfill — about $50,000
a year in hauling and disposal fees. Option two recycle them in a single stream with other
recyclables — Here you can break even… Option 3 “Stack and Deliver” them … for an estimated net plus of about $82,000 a year for a hundred stores But … the best option so grocery rigid plastics recycling is horizontal
BALING. Economies of scale really kick in. APR estimates the RETURN from 100 stores or
200 tons of rigid plastics is nearly …$120,000 annually !!! A VALUABLE resource !!!
Publix started bailing store-generated rigid
plastics many years ago with over eleven hundred stores they
recycle tons of plastics a week. Horizontal bailing densifies
rigid plastics reducing BULK and “hauling and disposal
fees” … while optimizing efficiencies. (Kim Brunson, Publix) The whole thing for me is, it is, just the RIGHT THING to
do and if you make it easy and simple for
your Associates… they’re gonna want to participate.
Everybody feels good when you are doing right thing. No ONE recycling system fits all store
operations. But, here are some TIPS… rigid plastics numbers 2’s and 5’s are
collected and delivered to a centralized “Return Center” (Mark Jordan, Publix) What a recycler wants is…they want all the same type of plastic… if they can get everything separated…
all the polypropylene together all the HDPE together … but, you know, when you first
start off, you’re not gonna have all these things separate. You know… so the next thing that … a
recycler is looking for… can you give me WEIGHT — can I get the weight UP… can we get the transportation cost down? The rigid plastic are fed into a Horizontal Baler… A bulky MASS seven feet tall – four feet wide and fifty feet long gets compressed into one high-density bale. A hundred
stores can generate about one tractor-trailer
load a month of baled rigid plastics… 400 stores can mean about one truck load a week. How many stores do you have?? (Kim Brunson, Publix) As we have grown, we just pray the processes that are scaleable … so what we’ve learned is just the more you do the more efficient you can become…
Another advantage: baling same resins but different sizes can also help
stabilize the bale (Mark Jordan, Publix) we have buckets that you know boiled eggs come in from our deli plant, and they’re a large bucket …BEHIND that… we can start to run stock bottles and “SANI-WIPES” …You could end up with some DELI buckets on one side some FLORAL buckets on the other side and then you can see your smaller recyclables that
typically you wouldn’t do in a horizontal baler because they would just fall
apart … when you do that and you put them in the
middle … it allows you to maximize your labor and the efficiency of your
horizontal baler. On the reclaimer side, many APR members welcome grocery rigids. What you see coming in your back room everyday probably considering it trash… it’s
certainly a treasure to us… Those materials can have the
opportunity to come to Troy, Alabama, be recycled… the resin will be sold back into making high-quality packaging and goods that quite possibly could end up on your store shelves within a month’s time. (Stephanie Baker, KW Plastics) Bailing is the ultimate goal… if a grocer
wants to get revenue to complement traditional revenues
received from bailing cardboard and film then baling rigids is worth doing. To learn more about bailing rigid
plastics visit: www.recyclegroceryplastics.org Thanks