Badger Plug Adds Locale for Recycling


GREENVILLE, WI | Badger Plug Co. says its recycling program is an excellent example of corporate leadership in reducing a company’s environmental impact by helping clients divert and reuse roll packaging components that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Newport, IN, is the fourth location in North America where Badger Plug will accept and recycle an array of packaging components previously used for protecting roll products during shipping and storage. Badger first started recycling these products in 1984 at the company's headquarters in Greenville.

According to national sales manager Tom Duffy, "As the program took off, it became necessary for us to add more locations. Wauconda, Illinois, and Henryetta, Oklahoma, became home to our second and third recycling centers." Duffy says Badger now is recycling more than 40 million pounds of packaging components annually.

The company has always been environmentally conscious, says Duffy. "Badger started recycling used packaging components nearly 30 years ago, It took some time to educate clients as to which components could be recycled, but we found the industry was more than interested in getting these products out of their local waste stream and back into a recycle or reuse venue."

Duffy points out that many packaging components can be recycled at this time. Wooden endboards, pallets, plastic sleeve plugs, and interlocking clips/channels are the most popular recycled components. "One of our goals is to accept quality components that can then be offered for resale at reduced prices. We inspect, or remanufacture if needed, every item before being approved for resale. Those components can then be purchased at a reduced cost, saving our customers money while helping protect the environment. That's a win-win for everyone."

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