Amanda Haffele, Recycling Specialist for Dunn
 County, explains the plastic film recycling pilot
 program to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty
 member and interns interested in starting a
 similar program.
Contact: Allyson Wilson (202) 249-6623  

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2014) 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 commercial and consumer wraps made from polyethylene (PE) film. This category of recycling includes a variety of plastic retail bags, product wraps and stretch film. FFRG will participate at a launch event Thursday June 12th to kick off the campaign.

The pilot is designed to expand the collection infrastructure for businesses (pallet wrap, furniture wrap, and more) 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 pounds of plastic bags and wraps every two weeks at seven rural collection depots. 

  Supporters of the Dunn County film recycling
 pilot program and film bales at the Indianhead
 Enterprises vocational facility in Menomonie,
 where this material is processed for recycling.
"We're excited to support Dunn County in this effort," said Shari Jackson, director of the Flexible Film Recycling Group at the American Chemistry Council. "The people here are so passionate about increasing plastics recycling and educating the community about the many types of plastic bags and wraps that can be recycled. We believe this program is going to make a real and positive difference in recycling this valuable material."

There are currently  more than 18,000 locations across the United States where consumers can bring their used polyethylene bags and wraps to be recycled, primarily at large grocery and retail chains. These programs typically collect common packaging items, such as plastic bags from shopping, food storage, produce and bread, along with clear wraps from paper products, bulk snacks and beverage cases.

Recycling of plastic bags and wraps exceeds one billion pounds annually in the United States, 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.


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