THE PROBLEM & SOLUTION
RETAIL PLASTIC IS EXTREMELY PROBLEMATIC. WHY?
Most retailers receive items wrapped in plastic or packaged with bubble wrap, which are removed before being placed on display.
Most of this plastic film material is thrown in the trash.
Unrecycled Soft Plastic
Why is it such a problem?
Simply put, there's hasn't been an accessible pipeline to recycle it correctly.
Why can't it go in a standard recycling bin?
Unfortunately, because soft plastic has a tendency to tangle in machinery, most Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) or Recycling Centers are not equipped to recycle it - so it ends up in landfills.
Retailers generate substantial plastic wrap waste. Due to its tendency to tangle in recycling machinery, many municipalities refuse to collect it. Consequently, companies must manage it themselves, often resulting in disposal in dumpsters then landfills. Coastal regions suffer as lightweight plastics end up in the waterways, harming marine life. Buried in landfills, plastic can contaminate soil and groundwater, causing severe environmental harm.
Retail recycling with Plastic Beach is an easy, hassle-free approach to getting plastic film material recycled and supporting corporate sustainability programs.