Recyclable Stand Up Pouches
61% of consumers want to support brands that do their part to protect the environment. Unfortunately, millions of tons of packaging materials fill the oceans every year. There’s a better way to do business, and that’s what consumers want to see from brands they like. Recyclable stand up pouches will accommodate both environmental stewardship and brand loyalty.
Making the switch to using sustainable packaging materials will build consumer trust, improve a brand’s image, and make your company more competitive in uncertain times. It’s a myth that stand up pouches aren’t sustainable. They can be recycled, but there are a few limitations and rules you should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know about recyclable stand up pouches made for drop-off recycling and what they can do for your brand image.
What is drop off recycling?
The average person in the US produces just under six pounds of trash per day. A little over one pound of daily trash is recycled, while the rest ends up as waste in a landfill. Individuals, communities, and the entire planet greatly benefit from having as many opportunities to recycle waste as possible.
Unfortunately, a lot of high-use products can’t be recycled in residential curbside recycling bins. Plastic bags, films, and wraps are some of the biggest culprits. And many companies rely on these materials to market their products and deliver them to consumers. As a result, many people mistakenly believe these plastic materials can’t be recycled and aren’t sustainable. But that’s not true. There’s a solution to the problem of excessive plastic waste, but it’s not well-known — drop off recycling.
Participating retail stores will collect plastic materials, namely packaging, for recycling purposes. Any plastic packaging with a How2Recycle label can be taken to a drop off location and recycled. After collection, plastic materials are made into synthetic lumber, or recycled into another bag.
Why can’t you put plastic bags in a curbside recycling bin?
Few US communities will accept plastic bags, wraps, and films into curbside recycling bins. Even if the packaging claims it can be recycled, your local community trash collection service won’t accept it. The equipment most community recycling centers use can’t process these types of materials because they get tangled in the machinery. And, they just end up in the landfill anyway after causing a range of problems for the recycling plant.
So, bottom line? Don’t put these materials into a regular curbside bin. Always take them to a dedicated drop off recycling location. The materials will go through a recycling process that’s explicitly designed to handle plastic bags and film.
How to recycle plastic bags through store drop-off
Most plastic pouches and other waste materials can be recycled through store drop off. Anything that can be recycled through this process will have a How2Recycle label on it. Mostly, materials that are flexible and made from high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) will have the label, for example:
- Grocery and produce bags
- Bread bags
- Plastic mailers
- Cereal bags
- Plastic wrap
- Zipper sandwich bags
- Plastic pouches
- Air pillows
Also, plastic packaging for things like multi-packs of drinks, paper products, and diapers can be recycled via store drop off. But it’s best not to assume and always look for the label before attempting to drop off these materials.
In addition, you can’t drop off these items if they’re wet, covered in food residue, or filled with crumbs. You might need to wipe or rinse these items and dry them before taking them to the drop off location. If the bag is covered in food particles that you can’t wipe off, it’s best to just call it a loss and put it in the trash. Contaminated bags can damage the equipment used to recycle flexible plastic pouches and packaging.
Before recycling, also be sure to remove any stickers or labels from the material. Peel them off, or cut them out if they’re stubborn.
Items that can’t be recycled through store-drop off:
- Candy wrappers
- Pet food bags
- Pre-washed salad mix bags
- Compostable or biodegradable bags
Where you can bring store drop-off pouches
Many large retail companies are How2Recycle members and will have Store Drop Off recycling bins located in their stores. Walmart, Lidl, Wegmans, and Target are some of the largest participating retailers.
You don’t have to return and recycle flexible pouches and plastics to the same store you bought. Any participating retailer will accept plastics with a How2Recycle label, even if you purchased the original item the plastics held online.
The Benefits of Using Printed Pouches for Store Drop-off Recycling
The cat’s out of the plastic bag. It’s simply not possible to completely do away with plastic packaging for the sake of the environment. Plastic is a versatile, durable material that helps bring products to market and make lives more enjoyable and easier for consumers.
But there’s a way to package and market products without damaging the environment and contributing to landfill waste. Using sustainable plastic pouches that can be recycled at a drop off location will help your brand appear more conscientious and responsible.
Recyclable Stand Up Pouches: A Takeaway
Recyclable printed pouches are an effective way to convey your company’s eco-friendly values with your core audience. By using sustainable packaging materials with a How2Recycle label, you give your customers a chance to recycle — something that’s important to them and aligns with their values, too.
We offer three different variations of recyclable stand up pouches for our valued partners at Prairie State Group. These high-barrier, flexible pouches are engineered to keep moisture out and freshness in. They can be used for anything from powder products, nuts, granola mixes, pet treats, and everything in between that requires flexible packaging.
Give your products a durable, attractive, and eco-friendly package while improving your brand image with consumers. Contact us today to find a Prairie State Group representative near you.