VCI Plastic Recycling Service: The ‘Circular Economy’ in Action!

Cortec ® Corporation manufactures recyclable VpCI ® films that are used across the globe to protect metal parts and equipment from corrosion during storage and shipping. Cortec’s VpCI ® film has already had a large impact on making corrosion protection environmentally friendly by reducing the need for traditional hazardous and cumbersome rust preventatives. Cortec’s film is fully recyclable, which allows Cortec ® to incorporate recycled VpCI ® film back into the manufacture of new films, while still achieving good quality VpCI ® performance and reducing scrap waste at the plant. Cortec ® reprocesses VpCI ® film scrap and incorporates the “repro” back into the virgin film at up to 20 percent, a level at which Cortec ® can ensure quality of the new product. 

Cortec ® has expanded its film reprocessing program to allow customers to send their VpCI ® film wastes back to Cortec ®, creating a win-win-win situation for customers, Cortec ®, and the environment. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for disposal, customers can now send used VpCI ® bags to Cortec ®, who pays shipping and gives customer credit in exchange for the benefit of having an additional source of repro. Both customer and manufacturer demonstrate environmental responsibility and reduce their carbon footprint in the process. The program is expected to save tens of thousands of dollars and tens of thousands of pounds of plastic annually.

cortec recycling process

Major Customer Benefits:

•     Eliminate waste hauling costs

•     Create a revenue stream for customers whose suppliers use Cortec ® VpCI ®

•     Decrease plant expenditures through reprocessing credits

•     Reduce carbon footprint 

Recycling History 

Following the acquisition of its Cambridge, Minnesota, plant in 1997, Cortec ® Advanced Films (CAF) has become the largest VpCI ® film extrusion plant in the world, increasing production by at least five times. Throughout its history, CAF has regularly practiced recycling and reprocessing of its VpCI ® film scrap. In March 2017, CAF officially launched its new customer recycling partnership program by using state-of-the-art equipment to start reprocessing 12,000 pounds (5,443 kg) of used VpCI ® plastic film reclaimed by a major heavy industry manufacturer.

Become a Recycling Partner
Cortec ® field representatives will conduct an audit of potential recycling partners to determine viability of the reprocessing program. Contact us to get started!