Retail plastic is problematic
Many retailers receive items pre-wrapped in plastic film material or packaged with bubble wrap, which are removed before being placed on display.
Most of this plastic film material is thrown in the trash.
Only a tiny amount gets recycled because there are barriers to retail plastic film recycling:
— Municipal waste management don’t accept retail plastic as it’s incompatible with conveyor-belt sorting systems
— Grocery stores accept small, consumer amounts
— Third-party recyclers have stopped accepting plastics as they are no longer profitable to export to other countries
— Limited on-site storage stops retailers from recycling because large, unbaled volumes are hard to manage
In a 12-month period, one retailer collected 400 bags (1700 lbs)
of plastic film material = over 42,000 square feet!
Volunteers make this solution work!
We’re looking for passionate people to join our cause!
For on-site collection
Bagging-stations (a wire-frame 30-gallon bag holder) are available for convenient on-site collection
For small businesses
Bagging-stations plus larger bulk storage cart for additional storage available
For large businesses
Bagging-stations plus “walk-In” storage pod for large volume of plastic-sheet waste
Our supportive and involved partners support Plastic Beach with our upstream, collection and connections
Volunteers make this program work
We are looking for passionate, inspired people to join our cause and who want to help us grow our services.
It’s easy and we have a number of ways you can help by giving just a few hours a week, month, or year!