Target: Scott Saunders, General Manager of KW Plastics Recycling
Goal: Thank KW Plastics for its efforts and innovations in repurposing plastic waste.
Big time US plastics manufacturer KW Plastics has for years been focusing on better ways to recycle more of the plastic waste threatening our environment. A winner of the 2012 Innovation in Plastics Recycling Award, KW’s investments promise to greatly reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste making its way into landfills and natural habitats. Thank KW Plastics for taking the environment into consideration and adopting cutting-edge recycling technology.
At the heart of the plastics industry are two of the common synthetic materials it depends upon, polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). About 280 million tons of PE and 57 million tons of PP were produced in 2011 alone—a significant amount of it shipped to landfills where it will sit for hundreds of years before decomposing. This contributes largely to the 20 to 24% of America’s landfill space occupied solely by plastic waste, and is why KW Plastics is forging new ground in terms of recycling these materials.
Two enormous, recently installed “wash lines” for PP- and PE-type plastics are at the forefront of KW Plastics’ environmental efforts. A wash line, in the plastics industry, is a high-capacity system for washing and decontaminating used plastic prior to its recycling. PE wash lines are fairly common, but not on the scale KW Plastics has in mind. It is currently completing the installation of a new $5 million PE wash line that will have the capacity to recycle a whopping 10 to 12 million pounds of plastic per month.
Although PE recycling is common, the same cannot be said for PP-type plastics, especially woven polypropylene sacks. They include the commonly seen re-usable shopping bags, agricultural bags, and hay-bale wraps. These materials in particular are hard to recycle, and aren’t usually accepted by curb-side services. KW Plastics recently became the first domestic reprocessor to collect and recycle this material, and has a wash line with the annual capacity to recycle 75 million pounds of woven PP sacks.
Leading the way for plastics manufacturers around the world, this company is making important steps in the battle for our environment. Sign this petition and thank KW plastics for its eco-friendly focus on recycling.
Dear Scott Saunders,
In today’s ‘disposable’ worldwide economy, enormous amounts of plastics are produced, used, and discarded each year. In America, an amazing 20 to 24% of all landfill space is taken up by plastics alone. Recycling this material is vital to the survival of our planet.
With the world in a serious environmental predicament, companies like KW Plastics have the right idea. For too long, the plastics production industry has been filling garbage cans and dumps with reusable plastic. However, your recent innovations and achievements in plastics recycling stand as an example for other corporations to follow. I urge you to continue forging ahead in your reprocessing and salvage programs, and thank you for KW Plastics’ focus on recycling.
[Your Name Here]
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