Recycling is the most practical way to reduce the use of natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions created by raw material extraction be it plastic, paper or other disposable packaging material. We in the U.S. have been recycling plastics since the 1970’s and continue to do so today in large part through municipal curbside programs. Unfortunately, through municipal service and private material recovery facilities, only 13.2% the total plastic manufactured domestically was recovered in 2017. One primary reason for the small amount of recyclable plastic material recovery includes challenges in identifying what a product can and should be disposed of in local recycling systems. 1567 hopes to aid the recognition and enhance the recovery of acceptable recyclable products by offering items with clear recyclable material identification (#1, #5, #6 and #7) chasing arrows on the items we support. Additionally, we will work with you to find what can be included in your specific zip codes curbside or dumpster, municipal or private recycling service providers. A great starting point would be checking with your cities waste management department or going to, iwanttoberecycled.org or earthchoicepackaging.com
. Otherwise, feel free to contact us so we can discuss products and recycling solutions that may best suit your specific area’s recycling services and food or beverage service applications.
Recycle Across America states recycling is the top action society can do to improve the environment, the economy, sustainable manufacturing and to prevent waste from going into the oceans. Recycling conserves fresh water up to 95% in the mining and manufacturing process for many materials. Another obvious benefit, in strong recycling cultures, it prevents waste from going into the oceans. As determined by a Tellus Institute study, when U.S. recycling levels reach 75% it will generate 1.5 million new jobs and provide the environmental equivalent of removing 50 million cars from the road each year.
Here are a few of the many products that are made with recycled plastic materials:
- #1 Polyethylene- used to make textiles like fleece outerware, clothing, carpets, stuffing for pillows and life jackets etc.
- #5 Polypropylene -used to make battery cases, brooms, bins, trays etc
- #6 Polystyrene- used for laminate flooring, sheeting, rigid insulation, “peanuts” for shipping package filler etc
- #7 PLA/Polylactic Acid- are not recyclable or re-useable and should be diverted to commercial composting centers that will accept this type material. Otherwise, they have adverse effects on the recycling recovery systems which accept combinations of materials #1-#6.
As we here at 1567 grow, our interests lie in continuing to promote full circle recyclable product manufacturing and recovery strategies. Additionally, through our services we want to help support non profit agencies efforts in removal of all types of litter from parks and ocean environments. If you are interested in partnering with us in this effort (and to ensure we are prepared to support your packaging needs as they arise), please view our “About You” section and communicate to us how collectively we can advance the positive impacts reducing, re-using and recycling can bring to our mother earth.