Hilex has acquired Direct Plastics Group, Accutech Films, and Fortune Plastic.

FAQ

How to purchase bags and film products?

Contact your Hilex sales representative or call one of our customer service departments.

Where can I recycle plastic bags?

Our Bag-2-Bag® recycling program makes plastic bag recycling easy. Simply bring your used bags back to participating stores and drop them into the plastic bag recycling bin. Or if you live in participating municipalities, you can recycle plastic bags with your other curbside recyclables. Check with your local municipality, waste management authority, and merchants who use plastic bags to see if they are part of the Bag-2-Bag® recycling program. If not, encourage them to take a look at our Bag-2-Bag® program.

What is the correct way to pack a plastic bag?

See the "How to pack a bag" section.

Can you make new or customized products?

Hilex is always looking for new opportunities to develop products that meet specific marketplace needs. All inquiries for new custom bag and film products should be submitted to the New Product Development Team. E-mail your new product request, including specifications and anticipated quantities, by selecting "New Product Development" from the recipient drop down menu on our e-mail form. The New Product Development Team periodically reviews potential new products to see how well they fit our manufacturing capability and economic structure.

I heard that it costs you $4200 per ton to recycle plastic bags is that true?

No!  This is a common internet and chain email myth about plastic bag recycling.  Depending on factors such as the distance from the recycling point to our recycling plant some places may cost more than others, but at most it costs only a few hundred dollars to recycle a ton of plastic, or about the same as buying a ton of virgin (new) plastic.  The original misperception that bags are too expensive to recycle goes back to inefficiencies in the curbside recycling of plastic bags.  Since programs like Bag-2-Bag® let customers return their bags to grocery stores they are much more cost effective.

Where can I get information about plastic bags and the environment?

Please visit our website Bag the Ban to get the full story about plastic bags and the environment.  Unlike other sites and blogs that often make alarming statements without citation we have been very diligent to ensure that we have provided links to credible third party studies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Commerce Department and other government agencies and NGOs.

What can I recycle in your Bag-2-Bag® program?

The following is a Yes/No check list of items that can/can’t be recycled in our program:

  • Yes clean HDPE grocery bags, retail bags, dry cleaner bags—These are items with and SPI symbol 2 or 4 (2 or 4 inside of chasing arrows)
  • Yes LLDPE pallet stretch film
  • Yes clean LDPE merchandise over wrap shrink film—These are items with and SPI symbol 4, or 4 inside of chasing arrows
  • No PVC or PVDC (Saran) films (meat wrap is PVC)
  • No moisture – dry bales only
  • No trash, paper or corrugated materials inside bales (attached paper labels ok)
  • No strapping twine or tape (within the bale)
  • No wood, broken pallets
  • No polystyrene, polyurethane foamed, polypropylene
  • No PETE trays
  • No plastic bottles
  • No oil or grease
  • No hazardous materials, medical wastes, or packages of these products
  • No metal
  • No food or food packaging
  • No produce packaging

Product

Custom Print Stock

Stock Print Minimum*

QuikMate EZ® bags

 

360 cases
(360,000 bags)

60 cases
(60,000 bags)

RollMate® bags

MiniMate

48 cases
(240,000 bags)

3 cases
(15,000 bags)

Medium

48 cases
(96,000 bags)

3 cases
(6,000 bags)

Large

48 cases
(76,800 bags)

3 cases
(4,800 bags)

Agricultural Film

 

n/a

1 pallet
(16 rolls)

 

These are some of the common types of plastic bags, films and packaging that we accept in our Bag-2-Bag recycling program.

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