Offers Cash or Credit for Old Plastic Bulk Containers
If you aren’t sure how to recycle your obsolete, broken or unwanted plastic bulk containers you are not alone. Reusable packaging is typically extremely durable, to such an extent that it can live beyond the life of a particular application and become obsolete. In addition, even robust containers can become knocked out of commission by harsh forklift handling, or from years of wear and tear on moving parts such as hinges, latches and wall stops. These unwanted containers then take up valuable space and become a housekeeping problem in a facility, or even worse, create environmental waste. “To this day, broken or obsolete plastic bulk containers still wind up in the landfill”, explains Craig Smith, Director of Sales at RPP Containers, one of North America’s largest (if not the largest) recyclers of collapsible bulk containers.
“End-of-life bulk containers can be easily recycled,” says Scott DeNoma, RPP Containers President. “With customers looking for environmentally sound ways to easily dispose of broken and obsolete containers, RPP launched its container recycling service back in 2005.”
At the center of RPP Containers’ recycling initiative is The Beast. “The Beast is one of the largest plastic shredders in North America,” Smith remarks. “It can process about 5,000 lbs. of material per hour, including extended length bulk containers” He adds that the company can handle multiple truckloads on a daily basis with no maximum quantity limitations.The company purchases partial truckloads and truckloads of material from across North America. “We buy virtually all brands and all sizes of bulk collapsible containers,” Smith says. “When our customers have other materials we can often steer them in the best direction to most cost effectively move those materials. Plastic containers are the ultimate reusable product. They can be reused for shipping and WIP, then when broken or obsolete, they can be sold for the scrap value. The plastic is ground up and recycled and then used to make new products…sometimes the very type of containers they once were.”
Unlike many other plastic recyclers, RPP Containers inspects old containers with an eye to repair and recovery. Often, functional containers are mixed in with the scrap broken ones. “It is best to find a recycler like RPP that will pay a premium for loads that yield some good containers,” Smith states. “The good containers can find a new home with companies that will put them back in service while the broken ones are used to make new plastic products.”
Usable containers are restored through the company’s RefurBest® brand, which includes a complete quality and functionality inspection, necessary repairs, and power washing. The resulting RefurBest® used bulk containers are then made available for sale with a 1-year warranty for functionality.
“Recycling bulk collapsible containers is easy “, Smith says. “A reputable recycling company will issue a PO for you to reference when you ship in the material. Accurate net plastic weights are gathered upon receipt and the PO is updated. A check is issued promptly.”
To find out more about bulk container recycling, please visit RPP Containers.
This article was first published in September 2015, updated July 2017.