Paul E. Degnan<br />E. L. Harvey & Sons, Inc<br />Difficult to Manage Materials  (Rigid Plastics & Plastic Bags)<br />
Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Definition<br />Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic<br />PET, HDPE, PP, LDPE, PS, PVC, Other/mixed<br...
Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Challenges<br />Curbside Collection<br />Confusing Programs<br />What is acceptable and wh...
Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Opportunities<br />Recycling Percentages<br />Significant Volumes<br />Simple = participat...
Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Market<br />Overseas vs. Domestic<br />2007 – 66% Export<br />2008 – 33% Export<br />2009 ...
Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />End Products<br />Separation<br />Composite Products – Thick Walled, Injection Molded<br /...
Plastic Bags/Film<br />Concerns at Automated Recycling Plants<br />Litter<br />Endanger Animals<br />Reusable Bags?<br />S...
Plastic Bags/Film<br />Education<br />Acceptable<br />Grocery (HDPE)<br />Newspaper (LDPE)<br />Dry Cleaning<br />Bread & ...
Plastic Bags/Film<br />Shrink Wrap (LDPE)<br />Large Commercial Programs<br />Marine Wrap<br />2010 - 90,000 lbs. <br />Co...
Questions<br />Paul E. Degnan<br />Director of Plant Operations<br />E. L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.<br />68 Hopkinton Road<br /...
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Municipal #3 Difficult to Manage Materials - Plastics (Paul Degan)

  1. 1. Paul E. Degnan<br />E. L. Harvey & Sons, Inc<br />Difficult to Manage Materials (Rigid Plastics & Plastic Bags)<br />
  2. 2. Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Definition<br />Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic<br />PET, HDPE, PP, LDPE, PS, PVC, Other/mixed<br />+/- 40% HDPE<br />+/- 20% PP<br />+/- 15 % PET<br />Injection Molded Products<br />Significant Increase in Recovery<br />2007 – 250 million pounds<br />2008 – 316<br />2009 – 479 <br />
  3. 3. Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Challenges<br />Curbside Collection<br />Confusing Programs<br />What is acceptable and what is not?<br />Quality Specifications for Processors<br />PVC<br />Baling/Packaging<br />Market Conditions<br />
  4. 4. Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Opportunities<br />Recycling Percentages<br />Significant Volumes<br />Simple = participation<br />Reduced Disposal Costs<br />Reduced Transportation Costs<br />Commercial Customers – Mostly Durable Products<br />
  5. 5. Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />Market<br />Overseas vs. Domestic<br />2007 – 66% Export<br />2008 – 33% Export<br />2009 – 50% Export<br />Strengthening of Market<br />Infrastructure<br />Consistency<br />Quality is Major Concern<br />Costs/Values<br />Current Value - $0.05 - $0.10/lb ($100 to $200/tn)<br />HDPE, PET, PP is focus<br />$0.025 six months ago<br />$0.0125 eighteen months ago<br />+/- $50/ton Baling Costs <br />Type of baler<br />Handling/Shipping<br />
  6. 6. Large Mixed Rigid Plastics<br />End Products<br />Separation<br />Composite Products – Thick Walled, Injection Molded<br />Lumber<br />Railroad Ties<br />Carts<br />Tanks<br />Pots<br />Drainage Hose/Piping<br />Crates/pallets<br />Colors – Mostly dark because of mix<br />
  7. 7. Plastic Bags/Film<br />Concerns at Automated Recycling Plants<br />Litter<br />Endanger Animals<br />Reusable Bags?<br />Source Separation?<br />Collection Bins<br />Large Retail Stores<br />Municipal Drop-off<br />Collection Days<br />
  8. 8. Plastic Bags/Film<br />Education<br />Acceptable<br />Grocery (HDPE)<br />Newspaper (LDPE)<br />Dry Cleaning<br />Bread & Produce Bags<br />Wrapping (from paper products, etc.)<br />Quality!<br />Logistics<br />Quantity<br />Mail Back Program<br />Baling & Shipping<br />
  9. 9. Plastic Bags/Film<br />Shrink Wrap (LDPE)<br />Large Commercial Programs<br />Marine Wrap<br />2010 - 90,000 lbs. <br />Collect and/or Drop-off<br />End Markets<br />Plastic (Non-Structural) Lumber (Trex, etc.)<br />Pallets/Crates<br />Buckets<br />
  10. 10. Questions<br />Paul E. Degnan<br />Director of Plant Operations<br />E. L. Harvey & Sons, Inc.<br />68 Hopkinton Road<br />Westboro, MA 01581<br />pdegnan@elharvey.com<br />

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