Recycling and Reuse: Sustainability 2.0

As Phil Harding once said, “Without environmental sustainability, economic stability cannot be achieved.” Perhaps, that is why today’s government agencies, corporations, businesses, municipalities, and other entities are in a rush to attain sustainability.

While enterprises use varied strategies to ensure sustainability, recycling and reuse stand as the most prioritized. These waste management methods cut back on their carbon footprint by reducing the quantity of waste that gets to disposal sites.

Nonetheless, recycling and reusing come with one major challenge — managing waste from the point of generation to that final stage of recycling or reuse. That is where Flexcon’s corrugated plastic recycling containers come in.

What Is Corrugated Plastic Called?

Corrugated plastic — the material Flexcon uses to fabricate its waste management containers, has several trade names. Some manufacturers call it Fluted plastic, Twinplast, Caronplast, Corflute, Proplex, FlutePlast, or Correx.

Others refer to corrugated plastic as Interpro, Twinwall plastic, and Polyflute. Whatever the trade name, all corrugated plastic materials are similar in terms of chemical and physical composition.

What Is Corrugated Plastic, and How Is It Used?

Corrugated plastic is a high-impact, lightweight, rugged plastic resin composed of two flat sheets sandwiching another zigzagged plastic layer. Typically, corrugated plastic is made from versatile thermoplastics like polypropylene, polycarbonate, or polyethylene.

The three thermoplastics used as raw materials for corrugated plastic have excellent resistance to adverse weather elements like water, humidity, direct exposure to sunlight, and snow. As well, thermoplastics are highly resistant to oils and solvents and temperatures.

Some types of corrugated plastic contain additives that make them fit for the harshest environments. Such corrugated plastics resist harsh chemicals, open fire, high/low temperatures, and the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

With superb resistance to unforgiving elements, corrugated plastic is an ideal raw material for various applications, including waste management, building and construction, marketing, and packaging. 

Building and Construction

Contractors use corrugated plastic in multiple building applications. For instance, they use plastic sheets as storm shutters to protect houses from the damage of intense storms and hurricanes. It is 500 times tougher than glass, which is the common product.

Furthermore, building contractors use corrugated plastic as a roofing material for shades, greenhouses, sunrooms, and other temporary structures. Corrugated plastic offers superb insulation and resistance to elements as a roofing material.

In addition, corrugated plastic comes in multiple colors, saving property owners the hassle of painting it to match their aesthetic taste. Also, it provides superb insulation and costs less than most alternative materials like iron sheets, glass, and plywood.

Humanitarian Relief

Like building and construction, corrugated plastic sheets have multiple uses in the humanitarian relief sphere. The sheets are an ideal material for makeshift shelters that house homeless victims of floods, hurricanes, and other disasters.

Unlike other materials like glass, iron sheets, and cardboard, corrugated plastic sheets are easy to transport and transform into roofs, walls, and floors of temporary housing structures used in emergency settings.

Recycling and Reuse Packaging

Doubtlessly, corrugated plastic is one of the best packaging materials used in the logistics and retail sectors. With a double-layer design, corrugated plastic sheets absorb shock, making them ideal for packing delicate goods like glass, electronics, and breakable utensils.

In addition to the shock-absorbing nature, corrugated plastic packs are more rigid than ordinary packs made from cartons. That means the containers can withstand rough handling and abuse during delivery, and they won’t tear and expose packed products to elements like water, moisture, and direct sunlight.

Corrugated plastic sheets are easy to cut, staple, or sew to the desired shape. After their intended use, companies or end consumers can take the packages for recycling or reuse, and the packs don’t have to end in a landfill.

Signage

Corrugated plastic sheets are an ideal material for signage and are flexible, lightweight, and highly resistant to outdoor weather elements. That is because they can survive for a long period even when exposed to sun and rain.

Like canvas, printing corrugated plastic signage is accessible. You can use UV printing to get the job done quickly. In addition to easy printing, the material is easy to pin on most surfaces for enhanced visibility.

Hobby Applications

Since corrugated plastic sheets are flexible and easy to cut and sew, hobbyists use them as raw materials for DIY projects. For instance, builders use the sheets to make building models to showcase their prowess to prospective customers.

Aviation enthusiasts also leverage corrugated plastic’s low weight and flexibility in airplanes. In particular, hobbyists use the material to make wings and fuselage for light aircraft.

Long-lasting and Durable

Typically, corrugated plastic lasts for several years when used under normal circumstances. They hold up well even when exposed to temperature fluctuations, UV light, high impact, and other types of use and abuse.

On average, corrugated plastic and products made from the material can last for two to 20 years, The longevity depends on the extent of abuse and use. For instance, corrugated plastic materials used indoors will last for more than two decades since they are rarely exposed to the elements.

On the other hand, corrugated plastic used in outdoor settings with regular exposure to harsh conditions will last for at least five years. Overall, corrugated plastic is more rugged than alternatives like cardboard, carton, and standard plastic.

Is It Sustainable?

Regarding sustainability, corrugated plastic is one of the most sustainable plastic products on the market. Products made from corrugated plastic last for a couple of years, minimizing the quantity of worn-out packaging, signage, and containers sent to landfills.

Besides the excellent longevity, products made from corrugated plastic are reusable. You can cut, staple, or sew them to make a shade for cars or pets, signage for marketing your company, roof covers, packaging materials, and storm shutters.

At the end of corrugated plastic’s lifespan, recyclers can convert the plastic material to new sheets or other materials like custom signs, trade displays, packaging, floor coverings, small structures, toys, storage containers, and more.

Discuss Your Project or Request a Quote

Whether you want a custom bin to store waste for recycling and reuse and a curbside box for waste handling, Flexcon has the right size for you. We make and supply containers of all standards, sizes, and colors for organizations like government facilities, residences, and municipalities.

Our experts are here to answer your questions, design a custom bin for your business, or work with you on a quote. Contact us to get started.