Plastic Car Bumpers
As bumpers for automobiles transitioned from metal to plastic, body shops found that there were a very limited number of buyers for used parts. One issue was that bumper designs changed from year to year, making old parts less desirable. The other issue was that the plastic was painted, and nobody was recycling that type of material. The body shops had to pay to have this waste hauled away.

RMI worked at the forefront of this evolving market, helping to take problematic waste off of a body shop's hands and finding buyers for the ground bumpers. Numerous independent contractors have grown their businesses through the economic downturn by using this opportunity to supply bumpers to RMI



LDPE Foam
Specialty manufacturers of protective packaging have long desired a way to recycle the foamed plastics so widely used in their industry. Previously, all they could do was throw the bulky material away.

Recycled Materials, Inc. has developed a productive way to process low-density polyethylene foam (LDPE foam). The result is a huge win in two important areas.eliminating landfill costs and once again helping our environment.



Printing on Plastic
Traditional printers have had a bit of a learning curve moving from paper stock to plastic materials. For example, signs made of polystyrene sheet and corrugated polypropylene are quite common today. Not only do the printers create waste (from misprints) with this method of printing, they must deal with trim scrap. RMI is able to step in and assist with recycling opportunities.



Large Spools
A senior manager retired from Kimberly-Clark and went to work for a company that makes products from metal wire. His new employer used a tremendous amount of wire that was fed from very large plastic spools, which were then discarded. He was determined to stop throwing away all of that clean plastic.

This case is a great example of an experienced, knowledgeable person looking for ways to benefit his company and the environment through recycling. His experience led him to RMI. If you know us, you know that "Recycling is Good Business!"



Bottler
A logistics company responsible for the storage and distribution of retail displays decided to destroy a large number of obsolete, plastic kiosks. The units contained parts that would contaminate the ground plastic. After careful inspection, RMI developed a specification and plan for dismantling and transporting the units to RMI's facility. The customer was paid for the scrapped units.


Bakery
A bakery asked RMI to evaluate its recycling efforts. Basically, the bakery followed no program, and management felt guilty about their waste. They also wanted to lower their landfill fees.

RMI agreed to take the plastic waste and provided a baler to process the plastic film packaging. Not only that, but because RMI is able to handle multiple materials, RMI agreed to buy the aluminum foil scrap at a price almost twice what the bakery had been receiving.


Distribution Center
A DC that serves a chain of retail stores was storing large numbers of damaged tote boxes and crates. They contacted RMI in order to dispose of the useless items, free up storage, and generate income. Even though the crates contained metal hinges--a contaminant--RMI managed to establish a recycling program that paid the distribution center for the damaged crates.

During a subsequent plant visit, RMI questioned the company's handling of stretch film waste. Tests are currently being conducted to determine the quantity of film being thrown away. We expect further significant reduction of disposal fees upon implementation of a stretch film recycling program.


Retail
A logistics company responsible for the storage and distribution of retail displays decided to destroy a large number of obsolete, plastic kiosks. The units contained parts that would contaminate the ground plastic. After careful inspection, RMI developed a specification and plan for dismantling and transporting the units to RMI's facility. The customer was paid for the scrapped units.







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