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Recycling Plastics and Toll Manufacturing

Manufacturing facilities around the world generate tons of waste every year. At Tie Down, we do not follow a one-size-fits-all approach, and we work hard to maintain eco-friendly methods throughout our organization. Finding the best practice managing the wide range and high volume of waste presents the biggest challenge.

One of the materials we handle more and more at Tie Down is plastics. This material is widely used in several manufacturing processes due to its durability, lightweight nature, and inexpensive use. We mold them into various products which fit into other applications. Reuse, recovery, and recycling plastic are critical to sustainability due to the more than 400 million tons of plastic manufactured globally. Tie Down’s goal is to reduce our footprint. While this presents challenges, we found a recipe for success. Tie Down streamlines our operations, diversifies the use of plastic processes, redirects as much waste as possible from landfills, and controls costs simultaneously.

With 800,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities, Tie Down generates waste in volumes like a small town does. Plastic waste acts as one of the biggest culprits. To overcome the difficulties and effectively recycle the materials produced, we implemented a regrind process. With today’s rising price of plastic resin, it is essential to maximize resin usage. Regrinding comes into play here. Regrind material undergoes molding or extrusion, and the rejected parts are collected and ground or chopped.

Regrinding plastic waste into usable materials is known as Toll Processing or Toll Manufacturing. This process converts a company’s waste into a reusable grind, like a pellet form, and even remanufactures the material back into a new, finished product. Tie Down utilizes Toll Processors in services based on the weight of materials processed and charges on a per pound basis.

Tie Down achieves these goals and eliminates potential waste by established shop floor procedures and disciplines. These processes must be strictly followed or waste piles up due to overproduction.

“Tie Down utilizes Toll Processors in services based on the weight of materials processed and charges on a per pound basis ” 

Tie Down’s goal is to establish a recovery plan of numerous materials across the spectrum and manage a cohesive recycling program across the manufacturing facilities. With multiple buildings, this presents many challenges. More than ever, manufacturing businesses benefit from leveraging a recycling provider to help with developing a thriving plastic recycling program without disrupting operations.

“Getting buy-in from the employees can be problematic at first, but as we’ve become better at recycling, the procedures get easier, and the employees have adapted well,” says Chris Davenport, Floor Manager at Tie Down. “We continue to lower our materials cost while expanding our throughput. It’s a big win/win as far as we’re concerned.”

At Tie Down, we commit to recycling and support sustainability initiatives. As a result, we continue experiencing success with our programs, limiting the strain on operations while also cutting costs. This success also positively impacts our customer base since more customers demand manufacturers reduce waste in landfills and do their best to defend the environment.