Companies which use plastics to manufacture items can generate enormous amounts of scrap plastic by the end of each day. This plastic scrap often ends up in landfills, but with the costs for raw materials increasing rapidly and more and more states passing laws for the disposal of potentially recyclable or reusable “clean” waste, recycling is becoming a better option.
Benefits of Recycling Plastic
The main benefit to plastics recycling is that it reduces greenhouse emissions. Greenhouse emissions are caused primarily by power plants and manufacturing plants. When plastics are recycled and reused, energy is saved (recycling plastic uses up to 70% less energy than creating new plastic.)
Companies that use plastic in their manufacturing process can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by turning over their plastic scrap to a toll grinder, to be restored to a state that can be returned to the manufacturer for reuse. Other companies that cannot recycle plastic for their own use can sell plastic to the toll grinding facility, which can reduce it in size and turn it into a product another company can purchase.
The secondary benefit to plastics recycling is less waste ending up in landfills. Plastics are notoriously slow to break down and can stay in a landfill for years. Eliminating plastics from landfills is a major environmental crusade in nearly every city in the US.
What Toll Grinders Do
Toll grinding facilities have a reduction system in place consisting of machines that can break, shred and grind plastic into smaller pieces. Different types of plastic scrap can be reduced to coarse pellets, or even powder, if needed. These machines use much less energy than the ones that create plastics from scratch.
If the original company producing the scrap plastic can reuse the material, the toll grinder simply charges a flat rate to pick up, reduce and deliver the plastic materials on a regular basis. The frequency of pick-up and delivery will depend on the volume of scrap plastic created each day or week.
If the scrap is unsuitable for reuse by the original company, the tool grinder can buy it, reduce it, and sell it to another company -- as is or mixed with other materials -- resulting in that company not having to purchase newly manufactured plastic. Many companies take advantage of this fact, to stay in compliance with local laws governing recycling of plastics by businesses.
Less Greenhouse Emissions
In either of the above cases the need for new plastic is reduced, as are greenhouse emissions. Companies that purchase recycled plastic are not causing any new plastics to be manufactured; instead, they are simply reusing scraps. The environment is also protected from excess waste ending up in landfills.
For small companies that need plastic, toll grinders provide a valuable source of raw material at a cheaper rate than can be acquired from a new plastics manufacturer. This provides the perfect incentive for companies to use recycled plastic in their products, when at all possible.