NEW VIDEO SPOTLIGHTS PLASTIC FILM RECYCLING AT SHOPPING MALLS
Plastic Film Recycling, an 8-minute video, illustrates the opportunity for businesses to capture valuable scrap plastic film in their waste streams and recycle that material into new useful products.
SONOMA, CA - Using Southpark Mall, a Simon Properties Group shopping mall, in Charlotte, NC as a case study, a new video, Plastic Film Recycling, explores how a plastic film recycling program works at shopping malls. Todd Sutton, a.k.a. the Waste Sleuth, takes the viewer on a “behind the scenes” tour introducing the mall manager, interacting with a tenant store, and finally stopping at the recycling operation in the shipping and receiving department.
The film spotlights what most people do not know - that every piece of clothing in a typical store comes wrapped in plastic film in order to keep the garment clean and dry. Other interesting facts are revealed, such as the fact that plastic film is 3 to 5 times more valuable than cardboard and that in 2011 the plastic film recycling industry, for the first time, recycled more than 1 billion pounds of plastic film, and that there is a lot more plastic film out there to be recycled.
The Waste Sleuth reveals how the mall recycling team produces a clean, high-quality recycling stream. Southpark mall is able to sell their recyclable plastic film to a variety of domestic recyclers that manufacture new products such as composite lumber and plastic trash bags. As the mall recycling team demonstrates how to recycle plastic film at a mall they wonder why others are not doing the same thing because it is easy to do and it is profitable too.
Plastic film is the thin flexible plastic that is found at most businesses. It's a light weight material often used to protect products during shipping, and is commonly referred to as “pallet wrap.” Most plastic film is polyethylene, and is highly recyclable if the material is kept clean, dry, and free of non-polyethylene film. For more information about setting up a plastic film collection program visit: PlasticFilmRecylcing.org
Video production made possible by financial support from: the American Chemistry Council's Flexible Film Recycling Group, Mil-tek, Sealed Air and Trex Company.
For additional information about the video contact Nina Bellucci Butler of More Recycling at email@example.com.