Performance plastics feature characteristics that allow you to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle; minimizing overall environmental impact through many applications over a broad and diverse marketplace. IAPD is committed to providing resources for you to raise your environmental stewardship to the next level. In addition to being the right thing to do, sustainability leads to improved profitability, safety and is vital to your company’s ability to recruit the next generation of performance plastics professionals. 

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Recycling Best Practices

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Top 26 Markets: Sustainability

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Performance Plastics Flow Chart

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Recyclers Directory

The companies provided in this directory have not been vetted by IAPD. Please do your due diligence when researching potential recyclers to find out what they do with the materials they collect and whether they will provide you with a certificate of destruction.


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Sustainability Spotlight

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Take the Sustainability Journey

1. Getting Started

Here are some simple first steps:

  • At the weekly staff meeting. Get your company “with the program.” Make sure everyone got the memo before the meeting. Better still, find a midlevel “champion” to drive some changes. Buy-in at all levels of the organization is key to this type of change.
  • Recycle your own plastic scrap whenever possible. Examples of internal recycling include off-cut racks, remnant sales, “free” boxes and donations to schools and other non-profits.
  • Post labels throughout your facility to turn off lights, electronics, computers and machines when not in use.
  • Put up “No Idling” signs at loading docks and in parking lots.
  • Encourage reusable coffee mugs and water cups.
  • Segregate and recycle everyday paper, plastic, glass and aluminum.
  • Avoid heating and air conditioning vacant spaces.
  • Use programmable thermostats.
  • Periodically solicit comments from your staff describing any progress or setbacks and suggestions on how the company can do more.


2. Keep It Going

  • Look for greater efficiency in your operation that creates less waste.
  • Install motion detecting light switches.
  • Caulk skylights and high windows to save energy.
  • Check and seal entry doors for gaps.
  • Adjust air dampers and replace dirty air filters in ventilation systems.
  • Ask your local utility to come in for an energy audit – many have programs and funding for upgrades.
  • Get lots of backup drives and go digital – scan instead of copy to save paper.
  • If you have to print, encourage double-sided printing and reuse paper for internal communications.
  • Support green vendors.


3. Make the Commitment

  • Install renewable energy systems at your facility.
  • Purchase energy from companies that get their energy from renewable sources.
  • Convert DC drives to AC drives.
  • Reduce your demand charge on your electric bill by turning lights and motors on and off separately at the beginning and at the end of the day.
  • Install screens on dock doors to pull in fresh air.
  • Use Exhaust/Intake fans to create a more comfortable working environment without the need for HVAC systems.
  • Use “swamp” or evaporative coolers instead of air conditioning where possible.
  • Switch your fleet to hybrid vehicles for delivery and warehouse services.

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Sustainability Certificate Program

Developed by the IAPD Environmental Committee in conjunction with the IAPD Education Committee, the IAPD Sustainability Certificate Program is based on an understanding of the environmental benefits of performance plastics.

Whether you're new to the industry or a seasoned pro, the IAPD Sustainability Certificate Program educates professionals in the performance plastics distribution industry by testing knowledge of sustainability best practices, recycling and the environmental benefits of performance plastics as compared to traditional materials.

The content of this exam is based largely on IAPD resources, including the sustainability web pages on IAPD's website, published environmental articles, convention presentations and knowledge available online. These materials are included in the online course.

The IAPD Sustainability Certificate Program will benefit everyone in the performance plastics industry, regardless of experience.

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IAPD Environmental Awards

Environmental Excellence Award
Recognizes the innovative or exemplary environmental responsibility by an IAPD member firm. Applicants that meet a minimum threshold of points will become GreenScene™ designated. All applicants showing sustainability practices will be eligible to use the GreenScene™ logo to promote their company.

Environmental Impact Award
Do you have a branch or facility that has taken extraordinary measures to demonstrate environmental sustainability? Maybe they started a recycling program in cooperation with a supplier and customer, or made tremendous strides in energy reduction within the plant. We want to hear about it! You might be eligible for the Impact Award!

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Liz Novak.

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IAPD Environmental Committee

The Environmental Committee encourages IAPD members to adopt green business practices, educates the end user audience about the sustainability of plastics and promotes the environmentally friendly qualities of plastics to the public. Members of the Environmental Committee should have a strong interest in environmental issues affecting the plastics industry, be willing to author articles or present on issues and best practices and use their companies to showcase environmental practices.