Multi-wall paper bags were used to package polyethylene pellets. Bags which were damaged or misprinted had to be sent to a landfill for disposal and could not be recycled because of a plastic liner. The packaging system was upgraded to reduce damage in the packing process and replace the old bags with a recyclable polyethylene. Salvaged bags are collected and stored in a used 1,000 pound box. The bag supplier, Bonar Packaging, pays 5 cents per pound for any of their plastic bagging materials returned for recycling. This material is currently sold to Mobil Plastics in Temple, where it is ground and blended with virgin polymer and re-extruded into trash bags.
The new packaging saves 1,000 cubic feet of sanitary landfill space a year just from what Texas Eastman recycles. Customers can also recycle the bags for a potential savings of up to 15,000 cubic feet a year.
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Texas Eastman saves $2,000 a year in reduced disposal cost and $500 to $1,000 in recycling credits from Bonar Plastics.