Green Plastics SiteGreen Plastics: the home page for environment-friendly plastics technology in the new millennium.
Let's face it - plastics are part of our life. And for the last century, they have been made from petroleum and natural gas. Non-renewable resources. Fact is, plastics have allowed us to advance beyond our wildest dreams. At ePlastics, we're keenly interested in the applications that use the plastics we sell. Plastics solve problems far more than they create problems. We sell and fabricate engineering and architectural plastics. These plastics tend to last - and stay in use providing value to everyone.
Packaging plastics tend to have short term use. Recycling these plastics is relatively easy in most communities throughout the USA. It takes a conscious choice to recycle plastics. You need the bin - and your need the local recycling program. It's not about the money. It's the right thing to do.
Many of the plastics we sell are made from recycled material. Have been for years. You won't find many people talking about it. It's been part of the process for a long time. Popular materials that are extruded like acrylic (Plexiglas, Acrylite, Optix), polycarbonate (Makrolon, Lexan, Tuffak), ABS, PETG, UHMW, and HDPE contain virgin reground material added during the production process. Manufacturers have recycling/regrinding facilities right in their plants. Larger customers of materials such as ABS have direct recycling programs with the manufacturer so that no remnants end up in the dump. They get returned to the source for reprocessing.
Consumers need to identify plastics that are easily recyclable - and there are pages on this site, and links to others, that will help you read the symbols on the plastic bottles and cans in order to get them recycled properly.
Recycling at work: Companies like Wast Management have office paper, cardboard, glass and plastic recycling programs for your office and plant. They will provide containers and pickup service for your company. You might end up even paying $25 a week to have them pickup. And it's the right thing to do.