Why is it important to recover and recycle rigid plastics?

For Your Sustainable Operations

Recycling rigid plastics, will help build upon your store’s “green” culture and is a program you can actively promote with store associates, your customers and to the media. Recycling rigid plastics, is one more step toward reducing your landfill waste and carbon footprint. Rigid plastic recycling may also diminish an associate’s daily “throw away” behavior and encourage the reduce, reuse, and recycle behavior instead.

If Zero Waste is a part of your core sustainability strategy, this recycling program is a natural fit.

For Your Bottom Line

Grocery rigid plastic is typically and historically treated as waste and usually thrown into the compactor, dumpster or given away. Recycling rigid plastics is valuable to your bottom line and valuable to the recycling industry. By recovering this material, there is a real opportunity to increase your recycling revenue. Furthermore, let’s not forget your waste diversion savings when recycling these rigid plastics. It may in fact double your revenue/savings potential. Use the following equation to estimate your total savings...

Recycled Rigid Plastics Revenue + Waste Disposal Cost Savings = Total Financial Benefit of Grocery Rigid Plastic Recycling




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A watermelon bin full of tightly stacked/nested rigid plastic containers (net box 1 pallet) = Approx. 90 lbs



 Benefits of Recycling Rigid Plastics

  • Key component of growing commitment to “Zero Waste” strategy
  • Sustainable Practice - sends message to associates, customers and community

  • Creates pivotal changes to long standing policy of giving valuable recyclable material to associates, customers or others

  • Decreases energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

  • Provides recycled feedstock to packaging industry (much of it on grocery shelves)

  • Helps establish a rigid plastics baseline by assessing current volume by category of incoming recyclable rigids (NFRS) to the store or at warehouse level;

  • Offers waste disposal savings opportunity for individual stores and/or total company
  • Once new recycling revenue metrics are identified, it provides store specific recycling tracking and accountability




Tightly nested/stacked pails, of #2 HDPE & #5 PP on a pallet, averaging 7 feet high = Approx. 300 lbs

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