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Q: How do we know if we are doing enough to consider ourselves an “environmentally friendly” company?

A:  We can always do more. The annual Environmental Award application offers a great starting point for companies taking their first footsteps toward a robust environmental stewardship program and a scalable structure for those members who have set up corporate environmental programs and are ready to move to the next level.

Click here to download the Environmental Award application.

Q. Can plastics really be considered an environmentally friendly or sustainable material?

A. YES! IAPD members primarily produce and distribute
"Performance Plastics" Performance Plastics — multi-use or durable plastics. A category of plastic that, relative to other materials (such as wood, glass or metal) has a longer useful life, enhanced chemical and physical properties and is more economically and environmentally friendly.
not single use or throw away plastics. Performance plastics are designed to last for multi-use applications and in many cases generate a smaller carbon footprint than glass, steel and/or wood. Performance Plastics offer unique opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle. 

Q: What types of plastic polymers command a market/outlet for recyclability?

A: Plastic products range in desirability and marketability.

Here’s broad range:
  • High demand: Polycarbonate, Acrylic, Styrene and ABScl
  • Medium demand: Polyolefin, PETG and Nylons
  • Low demand (harder to recycle): PVC, Teflon, Acetyl, and other high performance polymers.
Click here to learn more about the economic benefits of a proactive environmental stewardship program.


Q. How can I better prepare my plastic scraps for recyclers?

A: Sort. Sort. Sort. Recyclers pay more for better-sorted scraps. Scraps must be free of foreign debris (wood, dirt, metal, etc.). Confirm other requirements with your recycler.

Click here to learn about how you can make your plastic scrap more valuable. 

Q. How do we find a quality recycler so that we can be assured proper disposal of materials collected from my facility?

A: Top-notch waste management companies file reports with the DEC (to obtain and maintain their license) that describe the full cycle of material they process. The reports are publicly available and the recycler should make them available to you. The certificate should be able to track your materials to their final destination.

Click here for tips on locating and picking a quality recycler.
 

Q. What is the IAPD Environmental Committee?

A. The BOD of the IAPD formed the Environmental Committee in April 2008 in response to increasing requests from its membership for guidance on improving their individual and collective environmental stewardship performance. Since then the Committee has provided a proactive set of guidelines, instituted the Green Scene Logo program and annual Environmental Award – both of which require strict compliance standards, developed green best practices program for the membership.

Today, the IAPD Environmental Committee actively promotes the environmental advantages of performance plastics to the public and assists IAPD members to develop sustainability practices across a variety of business sectors.

The guiding principles of our sustainability commitment are Conservation, Waste Minimization, Preservation, Cooperation and Education. 

Q: How do we know if we are doing enough to consider ourselves an “environmentally friendly” company?

A:  We can always do more. The annual Environmental Award application offers a great starting point for companies taking their first footsteps toward a robust environmental stewardship program and a scalable structure for those members who have set up corporate environmental programs and are ready to move to the next level. 

Click here to download the Environmental Award application.