It all began with one dry cleaner’s call-to-action—a request to their garment bag provider, N.S. Farrington, to find a solution, and recycle the polyethylene film garment bags customers returned to the store. Farrington responded by developing and implementing a plastic bag and film recycling program in 2010. The effort has now expanded to well over 100 stores throughout Farrington’s distributor network in North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and Georgia– and it won’t stop there. Farrington’s Chief Executive Officer Clint Harris says, “our poly recycling program, which started as a pilot with a few customers in North Carolina, is now being offered to our customers in five states as we work toward one hundred percent customer participation.”
Commitment to Polyethylene Film Recycling Pays
Recently, N.S. Farrington reported diverting and recycling more than 10 tons of recyclable polyethylene film this year, saving natural resources and valuable landfill space. Ten tons of recycled PE film saves 6,850 gallons of oil and 2,700 cubic feet of landfill space. A great part of Farrington’s recent success has been in-sourcing their polyethylene film recycling system. They now process and bale the plastics collected directly from their customers. This recycled film is then sold to an industry-leading manufacturer of plastic decking products.
Film Recycling Continues to Grow
Nationally, the recycling of plastic film topped one billion pounds for the first time in 2012, according to the latest report—and film recycling has grown 56 percent since just 2005. The quickly climbing growth rate is thanks, in part, to efforts by enthusiastic organizations like N.S. Farrington. Read more about Farrington’s efforts and results in their recent press release and case study. Learn what it took for this company to get their polyethylene film recycling program off the ground. They’re pretty proud of making a difference!