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J. P. MASCARO & SONS EXPANDS RECYCLING SERVICES OF FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING TO HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
J. P. MASCARO & SONS EXPANDS RECYCLING SERVICES OF FLEXIBLE PLASTIC PACKAGING TO HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA

Local waste company J. P. Mascaro & Sons has announced that nine of its municipal recycling contracts qualify for participation in an industry-sponsored Pilot Program for the curbside collection of flexible plastic packaging (“FPP”).  The municipalities joining this special recycling initiative are:  Quakertown Borough, Warminster in Bucks County; Ambler Borough and Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County and Alburtis Borough, Lehigh County. 

J. P. Mascaro & Sons and its TotalRecycle fully-automated single stream recycling facility in Exeter Township, Berks County, are leading this innovative Pilot Program to demonstrate the viability of processing FPP at automated material recovery facilities and marketing the recycled product, known as rFlex, to end users.  FPP, which includes plastic bags, wraps, pouches, product packaging, etc., represents a growing portion of the residential household waste stream.  Historically, this material has not been successfully recycled and has had to be landfilled.

Mascaro was awarded a $2.6 million grant for the Pilot Program by the Materials Recovery for the Future ("MRFF") to install sophisticated optical sorting equipment at its TotalRecycle facility to make the recycling of FPP possible.  Members of MRFF include companies and associations such as Dow Chemical, Nestlé Purina, Pepsico, Procter & Gamble, Target, the Association of Plastic Recyclables, the Flexible Packaging Association, the Plastics Industry Association, and the American Chemistry Council.

Speaking about the Pilot Program, Joseph P. Mascaro, Sr., Mascaro's Director of Sustainability, said, "Our company is thrilled to have been chosen by the MRFF for this Pilot Program.  We have purchased and installed all of the new automated optical sorting equipment needed to recycle FPP and we are excited to add FPP to the existing curbside collection recycling programs of the participating municipalities."

Curbside collection of FPP from households in the participating municipalities will begin in February 2020.  Mascaro will be mailing each one of those households a notice with information regarding the types of FPP that will be collected as a recyclables.  The FPP Pilot Program will generate important data to show other interested municipalities that the recycling and marketing of  FPP material is possible and economical, and that a market exists for the rFlex end product. 

For more information about J. P. Mascaro & Sons, its infrastructure, facilities and comprehensive waste services, please visit the company website at www.jpmascaro.com.

 

 



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