Internal recycling facility
Taking recycling into our own hands
C-P's internal recycling facility
Decades ago, C-P Flexible Packaging realized the need to reduce landfill waste by consuming and recycling our own LDPE waste. Originally, this scrap material was recycled to produce large industrial haul-off and dump truck bed liners for a growing customer.
Over the years, our process has grown to not only recycle 100% of our internal polyethylene (PE) scrap generated from our plants, but also purchased post-industrial LDPE scrap destined for landfill waste.
C-P’s internal recycling operation reduces environmental impact by recycling:
- Over 4.5 million pounds of PE scrap each year, converting it into industrial PE products such as packaging film, construction film, cargo covers, bin liners, and haul-off liners.
- Over 5.5 million pounds of other material such as plastic, paper, corrugated material, cardboard, wood, metal, aluminum, printing ink, and solvent each year.
Our internal recycling process (PE scrap)
- Incoming rolls of C-P’s own PE scrap or purchased post-industrial PE waste rolls are collected inside our internal recycling facility.
- The mix of in-plant and purchased waste rolls are conveyed up to a shredding bin.
- Waste film is fed into the shredder on its way to be melted, compacted, and extruded into pellets called repro, or reprocessed pellets.
- These reprocessed pellets made from 100% post-industrial waste are now ready for a blown-film extruder where the end products are rolls or sheets of film for industrial use.
Our commitment to sustainability
At C-P Flexible Packaging, sustainability is more than a buzzword. We continually audit our processes, seeking refinements in the areas of facilities management, source reduction, recycling, and conservation to become more sustainable each year.
Operating an internal recycling facility is a vital part of our commitment to sustainability and an example of how we are impacting the environment and the communities we serve in a positive way.