Plastics are a versatile material that can be a valuable asset to your corporate Green recycling program. Your business can greatly reduce destructive waste output and cut costs associated with waste management fees through a Green recycling program with Complete Recycling. Because plastic is a versatile recyclable, you can zero in on the benefits that result from the many markets that Complete Recycling is able to sell your materials to. Plastics are often recycled to make items such as clothes, carpet, containers, bottles, plastic lumber, films, grocery bags, molding materials, and lawn and garden products, to name a few.
Plastic by the Numbers: Plastic Recycling Facts
How much of our solid waste is plastic? The Environmental Protection Agency reports plastic made up 12% of the 254 million tons of waste generated in 2007. That’s more than 30 million tons of plastic in one year. Some reports state plastic materials can take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill. When you take part in our plastics recycling program, you join a network of Green-minded people and companies who recycle millions of tons of plastics across the United States annually.
And, for every 1 ton of plastic that’s recycled, reports estimate that 7 yards of landfill space is saved. By recycling, you can also help conserve the additional 80% of energy that’s typically used when making new plastic bottles, containers and other items instead of recycling. It’s easy to see why recycling plastic is so important.
Baled plastics, specifically plastic bottles, have a high scrap value per ton. In fact, the only other recyclable that’s more lucrative is aluminum cans. Complete Recycling partners with you to ensure your business gets the most value out of your plastic recyclables. We do this through education on how to sort different resins and through our equipment leasing programs.
Other Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste Output
Companies just like yours are trying to promote a neutral carbon footprint through an alliance with Complete Recycling for plastic recovery. But many of our clients also want to know how they can take it a step further out of the workplace. One way, of course, is to recycle at home. And as a consumer, purchasing post-consumer products made with recycled plastic helps, too. But unfortunately, when it comes to post-consumer products made with plastic, the industry must try to match costs with that of virgin plastics. And that’s not always easy.
There are additional ways the country as a whole can make sure plastics don’t end up in our landfills. Since plastics are made from petroleum, they have significant BTU value. BTU, or British thermal unit, is a unit of energy. One statistic reports plastics’ BTU value is higher than coal.
That means some recycled plastics can recover energy. There are roughly 87 waste-to-energy plants in the United States. One statistic shows these plants can make enough electricity to power more than a million structures. California and Nevada, two states Complete Recycling serves, both define waste-to-energy programs as a Green, renewable energy plan.
One other way plastic can be made into energy is through pyrolisis. This technology processes plastics in a way that allows them to decompose to fuel – but some say it’s currently not an efficient process.
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