Greening of an Industry: John Henry joins plastics recycling program
After evaluating other potential ‘sustainable’ practices including switching to biodegradable materials, John Henry Company (Lansing, MI), a printer/converter of plant tags, merchandising, and marketing products to growers, greenhouses, garden centers, and related businesses, opted to take its established plastics and paper recycling program a notch higher by being among the first companies to participate in a closed-loop plastic recycling program organized by its sheet supplier, Goex Corp. (Janesville, WI).
The program to now only covers polystyrene sheet purchased from Goex; John Henry also sources high density polyethylene and polypropylene sheet. When the program is fully implemented, Goex expects to recycle 30-40% of John Henry’s PS production scrap into litho-grade material. Scrap material returned to Goex is shredded and loaded into individually labeled gaylord containers, then directly into trucks bound for Goex, to eliminate any chance of the material being contaminated.—[email protected]