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Q: What documents do I need from a recycler to certify proper disposal of materials collected from my facility?
A: Certifications vary among recyclers. 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.
Q: How can I better prepare my plastic scraps for recyclers?
A: The more sorted your recycling is, the more recyclers will pay for it. Scrap must be free of foreign debris, such as wood, dirt, metal, etc. Confirm any other requirements with your recycler.
Q: What types of plastic polymers command a market/outlet for recyclability?
A: We have found that the plastic products range in desirability and marketability from the recycling community:
- High demand: polycarbonate, acrylic, styrene and ABS
- Medium demand: polyolefin, PETG and nylons
- Low demand (harder to recycle): PVC, Teflon, acetyl, other high performance polymers
Q: How do we know if we are doing enough to consider ourselves an “environmentally friendly” company?
A:There is no industry-wide template because of the diversity of companies in the performance plastics industry. IAPD offers a resource for you, though: The IAPD Environmental Checklist. The checklist was compiled by the IAPD Environmental Committee based on conversations with member and non-member companies and provides a benchmark against which to measure your environmental efforts.
Companies may find they are already doing quite a bit or discover new ideas they can incorporate into their green programs. Click here to download The IAPD Environmental Checklist and consider applying for GreenScene designation for your company.