Recycling & Waste Integration

Since 1990, Roplast Industries, Inc. has led the forefront in environmentally friendly packaging involving reusable Polyethylene Shopping Bags. Our facilities have always focused on developing manufacturing systems that incorporate recycling, reprocessing and lean manufacturing processes that minimize our impact on the environment while remaining competitive technically and economically.

As legislation developed restricting the use of single-use plastic bags (beginning with San Francisco in 2007), manufacturers of plastic bags were pressured to integrate sustainable manufacturing practices and incorporate more environmentally friendly materials into their processes. The law required that plastic bags be produced at thicker, more reusable gauges to promote reuse and reduce the amount of thinner, more aerodynamic t-shirt bags that are easily targeted as visible litter on landscapes and waterways.

In 2016, the State of California enacted a state-wide senate bill both banning single-use plastic and requiring recycled content in thicker PE bags designed for reuse. In 2019 Oregon and New York also adopted ordinances banning single-use PE Reusable bags. The pressure has continued to mount for producers to design bags for reuse and with recycled content (in the form of Certified Post-Consumer Resin) used in place of virgin PE. This is now viewed as the most practical way to integrate sustainable features while also fostering recycling programs here in the U.S. 

In 2016 Roplast opened our REvolve Recycling Facility. Our aim was to establish a plastic waste recovery stream with our primary sources of feedstock being plastic film waste generated in our client’s waste streams that are recovered and reprocessed at REvolve and turned into resin pellet feedstock for bag production at Roplast Industries, Inc. We have since established several Retail and Grocery Chain of Custody Programs that allow for circular waste integration (film to film) into our reusable PE bags. This provides both waste-reduction solutions for our customers while vertically integrating their own waste into their shopping bags. Thanks to the CalRecycle Glass and Plastic Recycling Grant Awarded to us in 2019, In 2020 Roplast will again be expanding our REvolve Recycling line with the addition of an aqueous pre-wash line for increased pellet quality and overall production volume. Our long-term goal is to no less than 75% self-sustained on a vertically integrated stream of Post-Consumer Resin generated by our recycling program through our client partners.

Roplast is actively in as key a key industry stakeholder with several state government and recycling entities as well as regional groups. We also work closely with progressive, National Groups such as APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) and WPA (Western Plastics Association) which our General Manager serves as an active Board Member on both.