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How to Recycle Your Business’s Shrink Wrap

How to recycle your business’s shrink packaging

Shrink wrap recycling is an important part of Rubicon®'s overall plastic recycling program, which means that if you are a business owner and want to know how to recycle shrink wrap (or shrink wrap can even be recycled), then you have come to the right place.

As a business owner, you know that the plastic film that wraps the package (and the foam in the box) is essential to ensure that your goods and products are delivered in the safest way. However, some warehouse managers and business owners may not realize that it is possible to recycle shrink packaging (or stretch packaging) and keep these materials away from landfills.

As Rubicon's waste transfer manager, I have talked to countless companies that have been throwing shrink wrap in the trash for years because they didn't even know it could be recycled.

Many cities and counties have strict and rapid regulations on plastic recycling in commercial and residential premises. The most common rule is that these projects can only accept hard plastics (including plastic bottles, cans, and barrels) for recycling. Hard plastic is often described as something that retains its shape when you try to bend, such as plastic detergent bottles, milk cartons, and sports drink bottles. Soft plastics, such as plastic bags, packaging, and of course shrink packaging, are usually not recycled by cities because they tend to clog the materials recovery facility (MRF) machines, causing slowdowns, delays, and even breakdowns.

Baling shrink packaging recycling

Thankfully, there is another way. Shrink wrap is actually a highly recyclable material, which is why if you have a large amount of shrink wrap coming in and out of your business every week, you will need a way to dispose of it in the right way.

Assuming that the stretch packaging is of high quality and is not contaminated by tape, packaging labels, or anything else that will reduce the purity of the plastic itself, this shrink packaging can be packaged at your site or collected by waste and recycling suppliers in a separate The locations are merged and packaged.

Rubicon's plastic solutions

We understand that each of our customers has different needs and requirements, which is why when we first started talking with companies about everything from shrink packaging recycling to pallet recycling and collection solutions and everything in between. We incorporate this idea into our conversation.

In the case of shrink packaging recycling, we mainly develop these solutions based on the quantity generated by your business. If your business produces a relatively small amount of shrink packaging each week, you may want us to help you determine the options available to accumulate enough materials for pickup, or let us develop alternative options to recycle lower quantities of products. On the other hand, if you are a large commercial enterprise that produces a large amount of shrink packaging recycling every day, then you are likely to benefit from installing industrial balers on site. Packed shrink wrap (and other types of soft plastics) are more valuable than non-packed versions and will therefore be reimbursed at a higher price.

Recycling shrink packaging is a victory for environmental protection

At Rubicon, we want to make shrink packaging recycling easier for all companies. To achieve this, you must first change your behavior and realize that when you choose to switch from landfill to recycled shrink packaging, you are creating a new potential source of revenue for your business and a huge victory for the environment.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in discussing our shrink packaging recycling (and other plastic recycling) solutions in Rubicon with me, you can directly contact me at, or contact our sales team. (844) 479-1507.

Meredith Leahy is Rubicon's waste transfer manager. To stay ahead of the new global partnerships and cooperation announced by Rubicon, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or contact us immediately.

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