Wherever possible, Greif is incorporating post-consumer resin (PCR) into their industrial packaging products and increasing their production capabilities for PCR products. Containers made from PCR significantly reduce the need to use virgin resin—in some cases eliminating it completely— which requires less energy to manufacture and no need to divert materials headed to landfills by repurposing them into new products.
As part of its EcoBalance product line, Greif is now offering its open head 55-gallon plastic drums made with PCR encapsulated with virgin resin. This 3-layer design solves the “odor” problem with traditional PCR drums while meeting their customers’ sustainability goals.
Additionally, the PCR containers reduce CO2 emissions by 30-53 percent. In 2019, Greif’s EMEA operations processed 7,500 metric tons of PCR to produce almost one million drums, pallets and drum accessories. Those products include jerry cans, open head drums made with up to 75 percent PCR, and IBC’s made with up to 60 percent PCR.
- Coex, multilayer, tight head, and open head drums can be produced using up to 60 percent PCR with UN ratings
- Single layer tight head drums can be made with a minimum of 75 percent PCR with UN ratings
- Single layer open head drums can be made with a minimum of 50 percent PCR with UN ratings
Greif’s PCR products are produced at their Hazelton, PA; Alsip/Bradley, IL; Houston, TX and Lavonia, GA facilities in North America. They are also increasing the production of PCR in many of their European facilities, including those in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and Italy.
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