Sigma Stretch Film’s motto is, “Excellence through innovation, education, and creative stretch packaging solutions.” iSustain is proud to partner with Sigma to offer creative and innovative solutions for recycling stretch film and beyond.
The world of Plastics and Recycling are frequently at odds. In our modern world we have become highly dependent on plastics in our daily lives, especially single-use plastics. Plastics, in general, if not recycled can cause lasting environmental consequences so we all need to do our part. A partnership like this with Sigma Stretch Film is a reminder that sustainability is always possible. This partnership with iSustain will provide Sigma Stretch Film customers, distributors and those distributor’s customers, with all the tools and resources needed to implement a recycling program for Sigma’s Stretch Film products and any other plastics, paper or other potential waste materials they may generate.
How Do You Recycle Stretch Film?
Stretch film recycling has many important factors to create a successful program.
- We need a dedicated collection method to ensure stretch film, low-density polyethylene, is collected by itself. Many facilities utilize collection totes or bins for employees to toss/collect stretch film.
- It is important that stretch film is kept dry and as clean as possible to ensure maximum recycled value. Other materials can create unnecessary contamination and our experts will help train your team and make the program easy.
- The next step is to densify the collected stretch film in a baler. A baler is used for recycling applications. It is generally a hydraulic press that compacts materials into a dense package or bale of a specific size. Many different types of balers exist with different capacities for your application. iSustain can not only help you with the baler selection process but can also furnish the equipment for rental or purchase.
- Accumulated bales are then purchased and shipped to the end processing application by iSustain. Products like plastic lumber decking, furniture, car parts, and more are made from this waste stream.
One of Many Steps Forward
Sigma Stretch Film has proved time and time again that they are committed to sustainability. Their films use less plastic overall yet still offer the same performance capabilities. They did so with a Rite-Gauging approach that helps determine the necessary amount of film needed to properly wrap products. This reduces plastic from the waste stream. Sigma Stretch Film even developed a VANISH stretch film which bio-assimilates as soon as it nears the end of its two years of engineered use. This process breaks down the film to its original base components and becomes a food source for microorganisms, leaving no micro-plastics or toxins behind. With the help of iSustain, Sigma Stretch Film can now offer its customers a solution for any end of use stretch film and other recyclables.
Sustainability for Every Facility
Waste disposal costs are rising every day, as transportation costs rise and available landfill space becomes limited. In contrast, a recycling program can generate revenue. Recycling these materials provides Sigma Stretch Film’s customers with improved business sustainability, less impact on the environment and lower operating costs.
Stretch film is a key packaging product used in distribution and manufacturing facilities to secure loads, wrap pallets, and protect merchandise for safe travel. Stretch film recycling is not new and the demand for this recovered film can be high. To make such a claim is no stretch, so let us help you start your program today.