Posted by: Jeannie Choe on Tuesday, December 11 2007
While we make a grand effort to chuck our soda cans and water bottles in the appropriate bins, those sneaky, evil, leftover hangers are often forgotten in the masses of trash:
Plastic and wire hangers have become so commonplace in the retail environment that they have become virtually invisible. That is until it’s time to dispose of them. Municipal recyclers won’t and can’t take them. Made of 7 different types of low-grade plastic (if marked at all), they are extremely difficult to identify and segregate on a rapidly moving recycling line. Made from multiple materials (plastic, wire, non-slip vinyl pads, etc.) the components are costly to separate. Most of all wire hooks are notorious for jamming the lofting cams in expense recycling machinery, bringing entire recycling lines to a grinding halt.
Ditto Hangers, produced by Greenheart Global, are designed to keep hangers out of landfills. The 100% recyclable paper and PET plastic hangers are targeted toward retail environments and non-toxic dry cleaners.