MRO Magazine

Recycle safety gear and protective equipment

Operating a processing plant or facility can require huge volumes of safety gear for workers on the frontline – often, these items are disposable or meant for single-use only. But a new partnership between recycling agency TerraCycle Canada and retailers such as Grand & Toy and Staples, allows plants to recycle items and keep them out of landfills.


July 13, 2015
By PEM Magazine

TerraCycle Canada’a waste not, want not solution, the Zero Waste Box for Safety Equipment and Protective Gear, is made of a simple cardboard box, lined with plastic and printed with easy-to-read instructions, with an opening at the top.

The Zero Waste Box comes in small, medium and large sizes and can be used at any workplace to collect used coveralls, earplugs, gloves, hardhats, respirators, reflective clothing, hair nets, safety goggles, and more.
Once the box is full and sealed, it takes a quick phone call to UPS for free next-day pickup.

After the box arrives at TerraCycle’s warehouse in Ajax, Ont., the contents are manually sorted and separated into their respective waste streams; the majority of the items will processed locally and recycled into hard plastic lumber, which can be used to make park benches, bicycle racks and boardwalks. Absolutely nothing will be incinerated or used for “waste to energy” programs. 

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