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    Plastic buyers in NJ

    I tried searching the forum and had no luck with this one. Does anyone know of any plastic buyers in NJ?


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    I am not familiar with that part of the country, but a Google search provided a list of numerous companies.
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    Honestly i think that market is probably on life support

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    Some googling turned up a few places, but all of them only deal in plastics by the truckload and will not accept non-commercial/less-than-truckload amounts. So unless you got serious amounts of it (40,000lbs+), you may be out of luck.

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    I checked online as well. Nothing for a small time guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokingMan View Post
    I checked online as well. Nothing for a small time guy.
    Yep... it is unfortunate, but there is nothing you can do but send it to the landfill with your normal trash. It is just not economical for most places/people to recycle plastics anymore.... I have even read stories that some municipalities are still collecting the recycling, but then just putting it all in the same truck with the trash to the dump because they cannot afford to recycle it.

    I try to leave as much as is reasonable on my stuff that is going to my shred/light iron pile, in the hopes that where-ever it ends up getting shredded, has some way to recycle it.... but my guess is that it get shredded, the metal gets removed, and the rest ends up in the landfill anyways. It is a hard problem to solve if the economics of it dont make sense.

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    Third world countries have taken big $$$$ to "recycle" this stuff unfortunately check you tube it is just piled up in dilapidated warehouses and scattered across the countryside

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    Waste to energy I think bales of plastic would create a lot of energy verses burning bulk trash and recycling mixed together. No one is buying paper or plastic so if there was a market to burn baled stuff it could work.
    Better than the dump!

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    This is all a vague understanding but i believe we're doing something similar with our new waste to energy plant. There's talk about something called single stream recycling ? You pitch it in the trash and it all gets sorted out at the facility by machine ? Sort of like a shredder at the scrapyard i guess.

    The idea is that the plastics get pulled out and pelletized. The pellets are used as feedstock to run a boiler that powers a generator.

    It makes sense. The plastics started out as oil. Why not let them finish out their life as fuel ?

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    This video is very informative on the current state of the plastic recycling industry. Bottom line in my opinion is use less plastics. Although it will never be that simple.

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    I don’t think the link came through. Anyways, just youtube “Plastic Wars” and it’s the pbs special, about 50 minutes but worth it.



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