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Apr 10, 2008 12:00 AM
The Duckbill (Grand Rapids, MI) Reel Slabber was not easily recyclable using conventional technologies. The tough composite of engineered thermoplastic and fiberglass that makes the tool extremely durable and able to outlast conventional plastics also made it uniquely difficult to reprocess.
Now, customers participating in Duckbill’s sustainability initiative will collect their used Reel Slabbers and roll stock openers and, whenever they’re ready to re-order, simply ship them back to Duckbill for reprocessing. Much like bottle and can recycling, the company will return a deposit on each tool to each participating customer.Duckbill president Paul Meunier says, “The Duckbill Slabber is extremely durable and the life cycle costs compared to conventional plastics are really quite attractive. But even though the tool is a composite of engineered thermoplastic and fiberglass, it’s still a consumable. Over the years, some of our higher value and large volume customers have inquired about recycling options.” Recently the company began to “reprocess the unique composite economically and routinely.”