Sourcing: The best and cleanest plastic scrap comes from manufactures of plastic products. This scrap comes in different forms such as runners, short shots, regrind purge, etc. Resin used for medical or food products must be FDA approved and can only be produced using virgin material, thus first generation scrap demands a higher price per pound, which is great for domestic sales.
Other Sourcing: Hundreds of tons of recyclable materials are being thrown away daily. Manufactures focus on “supply and demand” and put recycling on the back burner. Our goal is to change this common practice by meeting with manufactures and educating them on the proper way to recycle. We accomplish this goal by first doing a complete audit of their waste stream which includes finding their monthly tonnage going to land fills. This is followed by a review of what is being put in their waste bins (compactors, roll off containers, etc.) to determine what percentage of the contents is a viable commodity and what is non-recyclable. On average (depending on what that specific company is manufacturing) We are able to reduce their land fill tonnage by 40%, which in turn is paid back to that company as profit. As the company is educated on recycling and experiences the financial gain in plastic recycling, they naturally continue with tenacity.
Buy Backs (Walk ups): Let them come to you. Having local customers bring you post consumer plastics such as PET bottles, PE water and milk jugs, etc. can escalate scrap tonnage in a short amount of time. When companies know they will be paid for their scrap they will make an extra effort to gather more. This awareness has resulted in several HOAs and small communities showing interest in plastic recycling which will add to tonnage per month.Undesirable Scrap:Finding a home for this material is essential to monthly tonnage. Plastics contaminated with paint or excessive hardware (screws, wire, foam mixed resins, etc.) result in high labor costs. The labor cost involved for cleaning and prepping these recyclable materials is not economically feasible for domestic sales. These materials are sent overseas where the cost for separation and cleaning are sufficiently lower, however, this type of scrap can boost your monthly tonnage by more than 50% in the right market.