Mar 4

WasteZero Develops Program to Divert Hard-to-Recycle Plastics

Raleigh, NC – March 4th, 2019 – WasteZero, the nation’s leader in helping cities and towns reduce municipal solid waste, is launching a new program to divert and recycle plastic items that are typically not addressed by traditional recycling programs. The new program is called EnviroBag®, and it will provide communities and their residents with an option for keeping hard-to-recycle plastics out of the trash.

Traditionally, residential recycling programs capture paper, paperboard, cardboard, glass, aluminum and tin cans, and a range of plastic bottles and containers. However, there are a large number of plastic items that these programs cannot manage. These include plastic drinking straws, cups and utensils, candy wrappers, juice pouches, “clamshell” containers, toothpaste tubes, plastic bags and film, foam containers, and similar items. It’s these items that the EnviroBag® program is designed to address.

When an EnviroBag® program launches in a community, residents will place hard-to-recycle plastic items in a distinctive purple plastic EnviroBag®. Residents would then toss the EnviroBag® into their regular recycling cart—with their other recycling—for collection. Later, at the local materials recovery facility (MRF), workers would remove the full EnviroBags and compress them into bales. The materials would then be shipped to various reuse partners who would use the material to create railroad ties, building materials, or oil in some cases.

WasteZero president, Mark Dancy said, “Launching one of these programs in an area requires a significant amount of expertise. It requires working closely with the local municipal governments, MRFs, reuse partners, and the public. Our decades of experience in launching innovative programs involving all of these stakeholders ideally positions us for success. We’re looking forward to launching our first EnviroBag® program soon.”

Dancy added that the company will begin offering the program to cities and towns during the second half of this year.

About WasteZero

WasteZero, the leading provider of the most effective waste reduction programs in the US, partners with more than 400 municipalities to reduce waste landfilled and burned, increase recycling, and generate savings. Our WasteZero Trash Metering™ programs and Pay-As-You-Throw conversion programs reduce solid waste 44% annually on average.

WasteZero uses leading edge technology to manufacture all our programs’ supplies, including customized plastic trash bags. Our Retail Store Distribution Program™ offers trash bag warehousing, inventory management, accounting, and more. WasteZero has offices in Cambridge, MA, Raleigh, NC, Murrells Inlet, SC, and Chicago, IL.

Alice Koehler
Senior Vice President, Marketing