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Stretch Film Recycling – Poly, Roll Stock, LDPE, LLDPE

There’s money in shrink film. Recycle that used shrink film by baling it in one a baler or get it picked up for free in loose form. The larger the bale, the better the return. You can sell your bales directly to us, have us setup a baler or just have us pickup your loose film.

Stretch film is composed of linear low density polyethylene. Stretch film is used to secure contents stacked onto a pallet ready for shipment. Manufacturers and distributors consider stretch film one of the most costly waste byproducts. A stretch film recycling program offers a cost-effective solution to disposal. In fact, stretch film carries a high scrap market value. A stretch film recycling program requires a few steps to develop for your business needs.

The most common stretch wrap material is linear low-density polyethylene or LLDPE, which is produced by copolymerization of ethylene with alpha-olefins, the most common of which are butene, hexene and octene. The use of higher alpha-olefins (hexene or octene) gives rise to enhanced stretch film characteristics, particularly in respect of elongation at break and puncture resistance. Other types of polyethylene and PVC can also be used. Many films have about 500% stretch at break but are only stretched to about 100 – 300% in use. Once stretched, the elastic recovery is used to keep the load tight.

Stretch film is used widely in distribution, industry and even in your kitchen commonly known as “Saran Wrap.”
There are two methods of producing stretch wrap. 1) Blown: the resin is melted and blown out, it is air-cooled. This is a slower process but provides for higher quality. The cost of production is higher due to the quantity that can be produced per hour. 2) Cast: the film is passed over cooling rollers. This makes the cooling process quick. The quality is not as good as blown but more can be produced in an hour with lower costs.

Other properties such as break strength, cling, clarity, tear resistance, static discharge, etc. are also important.

Stretch film recycling is very cost-effective for companies as throwing it out in garbage is expensive. Stretch film can equal over 50% of your grbage bill. Recycle your stretch film in BC, Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Okanagan, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Washington State, Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma.

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