Wal-Mart Starts Plastics Recycling; 1,100 tons to date
Wal-Mart has a new Plastic 'Sandwich Bale' that basically compacts plastic waste such as wrap and bags. The have sent over 1,100 tons of plastic to recycling centers since September...
Wal-Mart has a new Plastic ‘Sandwich Bale' that basically compacts plastic waste such as wrap and bags. The have sent over 1,100 tons of plastic to recycling centers since September 2004. According to the article:
The Plastic Sandwich Bale works like this:Employees place 10 to 20 inches of cardboard at the bottom of large trash compactors that already exist at store locations. Shrink wrap, plastic bags, apparel bags and other loose plastic is loaded in, and another section of cardboard is placed on top. The compactor then presses the bale into a "sandwich" with 9 inches to 18 inches of recyclable plastic in the middle. These bales are then loaded onto a truck to be recycled into other products that range from very dense plastic lumber to very thin shopping bags.
"In just 11 months, in just 10% of our stores, we've recycled enough plastic to fill a football stadium 38 feet deep," says Dick Pastor, director of environmental management for Wal-Mart. "We are so happy with the results that we're adding another 267 stores to the program this fall."