Continually looking for new sources and applications
Many companies recycle and re-use scrap plastics from residential blue box programs. However, common sense tells us that plastic polymers used to make milk jugs and pop bottles are not designed to withstand extreme outdoor temperatures; they become brittle and crack. Incorporating these types of plastics into lumber for outdoor use, simply does not withstand the test of time.
Think Plastics Inc. is different. The secret to its recycling success is to re-use – into an appropriate end product. Think Plastics has developed innovative technology which allows it to recycle polyethylene films once considered non-recyclable because of the dirt content. Keep in mind that the plastic collected from farmers and nursery operators was designed to be outdoors. Re-using these films to manufacture solid plastic lumber and sheet for outdoor use just makes sense.
Think Plastics has a fully equipped laboratory at its New Hamburg facility, where it continues to explore recycling and re-use options for other non-recyclable polymers from the agricultural and nursery sectors, including black and white bunker tarp, polypropylene twine, seedling trays and flower pots. Early trials turning boat wrap (i.e. shrink wrap) into high-quality sheet have also been successful.
As its raw material base and finished product line expands, Think Plastics plans to launch satellite facilities across the country, and eventually around the world, using its technology to help improve the environment on a global scale.