Steelscape Continues Adding to Packaging Reuse Programs
Why throw something away when it’s perfectly reusable?
Partnering with customers to reduce waste is important to Steelscape’s Packaging Reuse Programs.
They offer programs to return pallets, spacer sticks, and foam blocks. With the mindset of “Why throw something away when it’s perfectly reusable?”, Steelscape recently set up an ID protection return program. Historically Steelscape has used cardboard ID protectors. These ID protectors are single-use and often end up in a landfill. Annually, Steelscape consumes 88,000 lbs. of ID protectors. With this much waste, an associate asked, “What if we found a product that could be reused, thus reducing the amount of ID’s used annually, in addition to being recycled at the end of its serviceable life?”
Steelscape starting using #5 plastic (Polypropylene, aka PP) ID protector on all coils that are transferred between the Kalama and Rancho Cucamonga facilities as a trial of the new ID protector concept. Throughout the trial, it was observed that the ID’s used multiple times have little to no damage. The goal is to obtain 40-50+ uses out of each ID protector and eliminate the use of single-use ID’s one day. In March of 2019, Steelscape rolled out this program to Gensco Inc., as the first customer test pilot. Future roll-outs of this program to additional customers is the intent.
Visit Steelscape’s Sustainability programs to learn more.