How One Company Is Keeping It Out The Landfill
Approximately 30 billion pounds of plastic is landfilled annually and most of it could be manufactured into usable products. Of this, approximately two million pounds of automobile trim is discarded in landfills. Cleveland Reclaim Industries, Inc., aka Turtle Plastics of Lorain, Ohio, has developed processes and products to manufacture a number of different products from recovered plastic; Turtle Plastics was founded over 15 years ago. Its corporate mission statement is to manufacture and market useful products from materials that would otherwise end up in the waste stream.
Turtle Plastics processes 200,000 pounds a month of auto trim, in addition to varying volumes of intravenous bags, rafts and pool liners, and post-consumer containers. Through their research and production trials, Turtle Plastics has modified their processes to remove or accommodate recycled plastics with some level of contamination.
Turtle’s main product line includes modular flooring products manufactured from recycled PVC, such as post consumer swimming pool liners and automobile body side molding. They also manufacture a complete line of fire and rescue “cribbing” manufactured from recycled, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) <!–[if !supportFootnotes]–>  <!–[endif]–> ,.and a carpet tile for commercial and hospitality banks, restaurants, hotels and other commercial or private buildings.
One of the newer product lines for Turtle Plastics is a wheel chock manufactured from 100% recycled HDPE, for large vehicles used in the fire and rescue industry.