Can I Recycle Pallet Wrap?

The short answer is yes, Pallet wrap, or stretch film, is made from LLDPE and so is suitable for recycling. But maybe a more important question to ask, is how do I minimise the amount of wrap used in the first place, while still maintaining warehouse operations and pallet load stability?

Let’s consider three key areas where a few simple changes will help not just your recycling, but will also reduce the overall environmental impact of your pallet wrapping operations.

Am I using the right product?

Switching from standard pallet wrap to a high quality, low micron pallet wrap such as Eco Fiber Film will reduce the amount of plastic needed to wrap a pallet by at least 50%. So 50% less waste to recycle! Eco Fiber also contains 30% recycled content, further reducing its impact on the environment.
The NPP team are on hand to help with product choice, and will highlight the cost and environmental savings you can make by choosing the right wrap for the job.

Am I wrapping my pallet correctly?

Correctly wrapping your pallet and ensuring load stability will minimise damage to goods, and decrease the possibility of returns and their associated costs and emissions.
Our team at NPP are happy to advise on the best hand or machine wrapping options for your warehouse, and will always provide the best support and training available.
Remember the right wrap and the right training, means every pallet leaving your warehouse will arrive with your customers in the best possible condition, so better for the environment and better for business.

How do I recycle my waste Pallet Wrap?

Even with every effort made to minimise the amount of stretch film used, waste is inevitable, and it is essential that it is dealt with properly. While LLDPE is a recyclable film we just need to take a few steps to make sure that it can all be recycled properly.

  • Make sure your plastic is sorted, and non-recyclable materials are separated.
  • Make sure all labels and stickers have been removed.
  • Ensure your films are clean and dry.
  • Choose the best method to manage your recycling.

For larger operations a baler will allow you to compact your waste, making it easier to handle and reducing the amount of storage space it requires. Bales are then collected or shipped to suitable recycling centres. For smaller producers, commercial waste collection companies are happy to provide suitable recycling solutions that they manage and collect on a regular basis.

How can a Packaging Audit help?

If you would like more advice with any of the issues above or indeed with any of your packaging needs, an NPP audit is the way to go. Our NPP team will examine your operations to determine the best packaging processes and products for your firm, working with you every step of the way to guarantee success.
And remember, an NPP audit goes beyond cost analysis, our team are fully focused on the big picture, and will work with you to develop a packaging plan to fully align with both your business aims and your sustainability goals.

 

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