Plastic film project begins work in Wisconsin

Plastic film project begins work in Wisconsin

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

June 20, 2014

An initiative aimed at increasing plastic film recycling in Wisconsin has introduced its first project.

The Wrap Recycling Project (WRAP), announced this February as a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the American Chemistry Council's Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) and GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition, is focusing its attention on Dunn County in the western part of the state. The groups identified the area as one needing more consumer and commercial PE film recycling options.

"We’re excited to support Dunn County in this effort," Shari Jackson, director of FFRG said in a press release. "The people here are so passionate about increasing plastics recycling and educating the community about the many types of plastic bags and wraps that can be recycled."

Currently, the county relies on seven rural collection points to receive a total of about 200 pounds of plastic bags and wraps every two weeks. The WRAP project will add to those rural collection points while creating "a consolidation point within an industrial park" and a collection program run by a vocational center. The goal will be to get businesses and consumers involved in recycling a wide range of PE wraps.

WRAP will also have the support of Indianhead Enterprises and publicly traded alternative lumber company Trex on the project.

The latest national plastic film recycling statistics show recycling activity experienced a slight increase between 2011 and 2012, with some 18,000 retail drop-off locations collecting the majority of material.

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