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Date: Tue, 11 Feb 97 12:26 WET From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman) Subject: Re: Using recycled plastics for produce crates (Andrew Touvannas)
I suspect that what will work economically and functionally for shipping crates is what works for pallets. Plastic (and for that matter cardboard composite) pallets have begun inroads on wood pallets. Recycled HDPE and mixed plastics are the chief recycled resins.NUCON Corp of Deerfield, IL is manufacturing from 50% recycled HDPE a repairable plastic pallet.
Atlon Labs of Natick, MA is making a mixed plastics pallet.
Wood pallets are still dominant in this market and will be for a while. The intelligence on plastic substitutes is that weight is a factor, repairability is a large factor, and recyclability is a factor.
The Recycled Products Guide lists about 20 more firms almost all of whom are manufacturing plastics pallets from HDPE or mixed plastics.
I suspect that the economic feasibilities still need to be proved.