Organizations joining WasteWise are required to develop goals in three areas of waste reduction— recycling, buying or manufacturing recycled content products and preventing the production of waste in the first place.

The organizations are also needed to follow up their results and contribute to the program by sharing their accomplishments with the program.

According to EPA research, material conservation through waste prevention and recycling saves energy and reduces pollution, including emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, thereby contributing to operational efficiency and reduced waste management and purchasing costs.

Stan Bikulege, CEO and president of Hilex Poly, said: ”As the industry leader in recycling, we are proud of our waste reduction efforts to date and have set an ambitious goal of using 40% recycled content in our products by 2015.

”Our challenge has been to find additional ways to build on these efforts and accurately measure future progress. Now, with our partners at the EPA WasteWise we can set, track and recognize goals that not only improve our sustainability but our customer’s sustainability as well.”

He added, ”Hilex Poly has already been working with retailers, communities and shoppers to promote and establish recycling programs at more than 30,000 supermarkets and retailers across the country. Together we have used the ‘closed loop’ recycling model to help keep billions of plastic bags and millions of pounds of film out of local landfills.”

”Becoming a WasteWise endorser means that other manufacturers can also benefit from our experiences in this area.”