Casella Waste Systems, a waste management firm based in Rutland, Vermont, has entered into a partnership with Rehrig Pacific where the Los Angeles-based firm will manufacture and distribute recycling carts made from recycled plastic to the town of Stratham, New Hampshire, as part of a new sustainability initiative.
Stratham received a grant from The Recycling Partnership, Falls Church, Virginia, to help pay for recycling carts to increase recycling in the community. The grant required that the residential recycling carts used by the town be made from at least 5 percent postconsumer recycled material. Rehrig Pacific can manufacture carts with 40 percent postconsumer recyclate without compromising strength or curb appeal.
Rehrig Pacific has developed a proprietary process called co-injection that inserts high levels of recycled plastic between a virgin plastic shell, allowing vast reductions in raw material consumed without sacrificing structural integrity or appearance. The company says its carts are 100 percent recyclable.
According to a press release sent by Rehrig, the company offers the same warranty on its recycled products, guaranteeing them the same lifespan as non-recycled alternatives.
"Rehrig Pacific was an obvious choice," says Brian Groshon, market area manager at Casella. "They are leaders in sustainability initiatives across our industry and align to our goals. They use the highest quantities of recyclate in their carts while still being able to achieve exceptional quality and the desired branding goals of our municipal partners."
The partnership between Rehrig Pacific and Casella is the latest in a long series of sustainability innovations for both companies. Rehrig Pacific continues to develop customized closed-loop and circular plastic economy solutions tailor-made to achieve sustainability goals, by using alternative recycled content such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) caps and labels, bulky rigid plastics and ocean plastic waste.
Casella says it is committed to reclaiming more than 2 million tons of material annually by 2030 while helping customers reduce greenhouse gas impacts.
“It was an honor to work with Casella on this project,” says Dave Afonso, senior sales representative at Rehrig Pacific. “Casella’s reputation for delivering sustainable services and value is unparalleled. The partnership between our organization, Casella and The Recycling Partnership has carved out a path for communities like Stratham looking to find forward-thinking, innovative approaches to waste and recycling.”