Plastic Product Destruction

E-Cycle Environmental can always ensure complete destruction if your organization has contaminated product, old inventory, warranty returns, or any other variation. There are a few different options when performing a product destruction service for plastic. Keep in mind that product destruction is always different due to packaging, logistics, and composition of product material. So in many cases there is not one solution, but options that need to be weighed to create the optimal product destruction program for your organization.

The first step to discerning the best way to destroy your product is to understand the material composition. What type of plastic do you have? Are there moving parts? If so, are there metals residing in the product? Are any textile materials mixed in as well? Are there any electronics or wires? Does it contain any batteries, light bulbs, or liquids. No matter what, if there batteries, light bulbs, or liquids they will have to be removed prior to the product destruction process. These are all big questions that will determine cost and the final recommended solution.

After we understand the composition of your product, consultants need to know how it’s packaged. The reason for this is that when things are destroyed it is usually broken down to be recycled. The cleaner the material (or the more of one kind of material in the product) the lower the cost. So our consultants will find out how and what packages the product. We will need to know package material composition and the number of units in each. From this point, E-Cycle Environmental will recommend whether we un-package your material prior to the destruction.

Finally the logistics will need to be understood. Are these items in a roll off bin, warehouse, office space, packed in boxes, or wrapped on pallets? Do you have forklifts available or pallet jacks. Are there loading docks? After these questions are answered, we will put together the trucks and moving equipment to remove the products out of your location. We can have all the apparatus to handle any type of situation.

After all of these topics are covered we will most likely recommend a variation of destruction processes. The shredding process will be used when we have a really clean recyclable plastic. It may also be recommended if there is a lot of electronics in the product. Crushing will be used to possibly prep for a shredding process. The incineration route is usually the last option due to lack of recyclable materials. This can be very common in plastic. Unfortunately, when products are made it is usually done at the lowest cost possible. The cheaper plastics are usually the ones that don’t recycle very well. The incineration type will either be waste-to-energy or pure incineration. E-Cycle will always push for waste-to-energy because at least the destruction process will generate electricity for the local power grid.

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