Recycling Industrial Shrink Wrap

Scaffold sheeting accounts for many tons of plastic construction waste each year. Traditional ‘re-usable’ sheeting for scaffolding, (typically applied to the scaffolding structure using bungee cords around each scaffolding lift), can be difficult to recycle because of fixings / eyelets and the plastic reinforcement. It is not impossible to recycle this type of sheeting but due to it’s mixed nature it is typically very low grade and as such of low future value.

Shrink wrap, manufactured from virgin resins and without any reinforcing scrim or eyelets is 100% recyclable. Recycled LDPE is used to create plastic bags such as bin bags, plastic furniture, rainwater goods and plastic decking.


How to recycle?

Our own installation team cut from the scaffolding in sections before bundling and returning the film to our site where it is collected for recycling.


What else do we do?

• Ensure that we use cardboard cores or recycled plastic cores.
• Provide free resources and scaffold shrink wrap training to reduce wastage.
• Research new techniques for applying scaffold shrink wrapping to reduce waste and damage.

Recycling forms part of our ‘Environmental Policy’. You can download a copy here: Rhino Shrink Wrap Environmental Policy.

Frequently asked questions about recycling scaffold shrink wrap:

Can I get paid for recycling?

Unless you have very large quantities, then it is unlikely that a recycling company will pay you for scaffold shrink wrap, however, for a company that values high quality LDPE they may take it for a small administration fee to cover the necessary paperwork.


Do you use recycled material for making new scaffold wrap?

In order to engineer a shrink wrap film with the mechanical properties and consistency needed for demanding construction applications it is not possible to use recycled materials for the manufacture.


Can I re-use shrink wrap after it has been removed from the scaffolding?

Scaffolding shrink wrap is heat shrunk ‘drum tight’ so that it moulds very tightly around the sides and roof of a scaffolding structure. However it is not possible to shrink the sheeting twice which means that once it has been removed from the scaffolding it must be collected for recycling.

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