Stretch Wrap/Shrink Wrap Recycling
Start with a baler -Start with the HR MimiPak Stretch Wrap Baler.
The HR MiniPak is a small hand operated baler for baling stretch wrap, shrink wrap, pallet werap, cardboard, paper, shredded paper, etc. With a footprint of only 23” x 27” this machine produces bales of up to 45 lbs of cardboard and up to 75 lbs. stretch wrap.
Needing no power source the machine can be used anywhere and is ideal where space is limited.
- Bale weight of up to 75lbs.
- · Volume reduction of up to 80%
- · No power supply required
- · Slotted door for easy tying
- · Indoor / Outdoor use
- · Powder coat paint finish
- · Wheels are standard for ease of movement
- · Easy to handle bale
A how to guide.
What is it?
Stretch wrap is commonly made of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE). It arrives at your dock in a fairly clean condition and if kept that way it has a real market value. Stretch wrap may well be the most valuable recyclable material in your warehouse/distribution center.
Why recycle stretch wrap?
Stretch wrap is one of the largest components of a warehouse/distribution center’s waste stream. Those who don’t recycle it pay to have it hauled away. This could mean thousands of pounds of stretch wrap per year which translates into dollars saved or dollars spent.
The Economics of Stretch Wrap Recycling
By removing stretch wrap from the waste stream, you will reduce the number of pulls therefore; saving money. First, there is the cost of hauling trash to the disposal site. This a fixed cost that you are aware of and can easily place in your formula for savings.
- Contact Hoosier Recycling for assistance and to arrange pick-up.
- Design a collection and handling system.
- Educate staff who will be involved in the program.
- Implement a quality control program.
Designing the System:
Quality Control is important to successful program. It is desirable to contact your vendors to let them know that you have a successful recycling program and the important role they can play in its continued success. Ask them to keep tape and labels off the stretch wrap and not use tinted film.
Collection containers for stretch wrap should be clearly labeled and conveniently located. Mark containers “Stretch Wrap Only”, containers marked for “Plastic only” will draw all kinds of plastic. Stretch wrap can be removed immediately in receiving or after pallets are moved and broken down. Containers should be located in receiving or in processing areas. A container should also be located in shipping and near the stretch wrapper.
Here is you first opportunity to recover stretch wrap and is an important checkpoint. If stretch wrap is stripped from pallets in receiving, it should be immediately placed in collection containers. Stretch wrap is tacky and will pick up dirt and other contaminants if stored on the floor.
Employees who are assembling outgoing pallets may be breaking down pallets loads and stripping stretch wrap. Since this may take place throughout your facility it is important to have collection containers distributed to those areas where most of this activity occurs.
To lower the costs of storage and transportation, stretch wrap should be baled. No special baler is required; if your facility has a baler for corrugated, the same piece of equipment can be used for baling stretch wrap. However, there are balers specifically designed for stretch wrap that will yield denser bales. If you are generating enough recovered stretch wrap it might be important to investigate these balers. Stored bales should be kept free of dirt, moisture, waste and especially other plastics.
Your employees hold the key to the success of your stretch wrap recycling program. Make sure they understand the importance of their contribution.
- Emphasize their role in helping your company achieve important environmental goals
- Underscore that tape and paper labels are serious contaminants and must be removed.
- Discourage the use of recycling containers as trash receptacles – especially among those employees not directly involved in the recycling program.
- Recognize that ongoing employee education and motivation will be essential to long-term success.
- Challenges and Opportunities
The bottom line is that recycling must be seen as a firm-wide commitment – from the manager who recycles office paper to the warehouse employee who collects stretch wrap and bales corrugated. Recycling stretch wrap presents several opportunities. A well-run program can have hefty economic benefits. Diverting stretch wrap from landfills to the stream of commerce will save energy and preserve recources.
- Your Partnership with Hoosier Recycling
Your partnership with Hoosier Recycling begins with the Recycling Audit Worksheet. Complete the worksheet and e-mail, fax or mail it to us. We will evaluate the data, schedule a visit and walk through with you or someone from your staff. Together we can then set up a program that is tailored to your facility and your circumstances. Hoosier Recycling can assist you with the program design; we will be your market for all your recycled materials.
Your partnership with Hoosier Recycling extends into the manufacturing cycle. Your stretch wrap is processed in our facility and is then used to manufacture a variety of protective packaging supplies. Your recycling efforts helps create jobs, reduces your company’s operating costs and has a positive effect on the environment. To learn more about Hoosier Recycling return to our home page and review the rest of our web site.