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The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) is partnering with Dunn County Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. and Trex Company, Inc. to help promote a new film recycling initiative of the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP).

This WRAP pilot is designed to increase the recycling of wraps made from polyethylene film.

The pilot is designed to expand the collection infrastructure for businesses and to increase public awareness and involvement in the recycling of postconsumer plastic film packaging. The pilot involves rural drop-off locations, a consolidation point within an industrial park and a collection program run by a vocational center. At present, county residents are recycling approximately 400 lbs. of plastic bags and wraps every 2 weeks at 7 rural collection depots.

There are currently more than 18,000 locations across the U.S. where consumers can bring their used polyethylene bags and wraps to be recycled, primarily at large grocery and retail chains.

Recycling of plastic bags and wraps exceeds one billion pounds annually in the U.S., according to a national report prepared by Moore Recycling Associates, Inc. The report also noted that the recycling of plastic film has grown 56 percent since just 2005.

Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News