A lot of the time, businesses assume they cannot recycle industrial shrink wrap, or they’ve never thought of extending the use of the plastic because it can be a difficult material to recycle. In many cases, finding a recycling center or instances to reuse the wrap is also limited and hard to find. However, once you realize the benefits of doing this, you’ll never go back to throwing it in a trash can.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, by the year 2050, with the current rate the world is going, the plastic in our oceans will outweigh all the fish. Additionally, the more waste we add to our landfills without consciously putting effort into recycling, the more we increase greenhouse gas emissions, toxins, and leachate—all of which are detrimental to our environment. This may not benefit your company directly, but it will make our planet a better place to live.
If you remove previously used shrink wrap from an object or box properly, you can reuse the plastic. Doing this will save you money on shipping material expenses because you won’t be buying an excessive amount. The money you would have spent on new film could be put towards upgrading equipment or expanding the business.
To make the act of recycling even easier for your business, organizations and programs will collect your shrink film rolls and pay you a small amount. However, you do need to use a large amount of the plastic for the programs to consider your business a candidate. If you decide to collaborate with an organization, this could create extra revenue that you can again put back into bettering your company.
Set an example for other businesses that use shrink wrap by recycling and reusing your material to promote sustainability. If people see more companies shifting toward this practice and reaping the benefits, other businesses will follow suit.
Consider recycling or reusing your shrink wrap today—everyone will benefit from this practice! Recycling the film won’t be as easy as tossing it in the trash, but putting in the effort will reward the environment and your business.