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2012 ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibitor Profile

Plastic Disposal Is Ecological With EcoChoice

Tolco Corporation

October 10, 2012
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Tolco Corporation logoWhat happens to that plastic urinal screen or spray bottle once you dispose of it?

If you are using EcoChoice® plastic products from Tolco Corporation, you won’t have to think twice about your choice of disposal.

No matter how you dispose of EcoChoice® products, whether it is into the recycling bin, into a compost facility or tossed into the trashcan, you will be kind to the environment.

As an industry, we can now reduce our environmental footprint by using plastic products made with Tolco’s EcoChoice® technology.

This production process utilizes a proprietary additive that does not affect the product’s shelf life or performance, yet allows products to biodegrade in five years or less when disposed of in a landfill.

They can also recycled or composted.

The Disposal Choice Is Yours

Although they are biodegradable, for added peace of mind, Tolco’s EcoChoice® products are also recyclable.

  • Recycling Bin

If you prefer recycling, EcoChoice® is the ideal environmental choice for you.Tolco EcoChoice

Unlike bioplastics, the proprietary additive in EcoChoice® does not affect the recyclability of our products.

Our technology also maintains the integrity of traditional plastic in terms of look, feel and durability.

Unlike bioplastic products, EcoChoice® products are not affected by light, heat or humidity.

  • Trash Receptacle

Most plastic waste ends up in a trash receptacle of one type or another.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 14 million tons of commercial and industrial plastic was disposed of in 2010.

It is estimated that, of all disposed plastic, only eight percent is recycled or composted; the remaining 92 percent of disposed plastic ends up in one of our 2,400 landfills.
EcoChoice® addresses this problem head-on by significantly reducing the time it takes a plastic product to naturally breakdown in a landfill.

EcoChoice’s® proprietary additive attracts the bacteria that naturally occur in a landfill and allows those bacteria to break down the plastic and leave behind humus, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and water.

These are the same byproducts you would get from a rotting piece of wood.

  • Composting

This is the most confusing method of disposal, as many products claim to be biodegradable when, in fact, they are compostable.

Be sure you read the fine print to confirm the product you are purchasing is appropriate for your method of disposal.

If you choose to purchase products that are “compostable,” be aware that, in most cases, it must be disposed of in a commercial composting facility versus a consumer composting location.

According to BioCycles’s website, there are only 447 commercial composting facilities in the U.S. and Canada, so double-check your composting location.

EcoChoice® will biodegrade in either a consumer or commercial composting facility, although it is optimized for landfill disposal.

BiodegradableWhat Is The Cost?

One might expect a hefty price tag for such sophisticated technology, but EcoChoice® products cost the same as similar nonbiodegradable products.

The next time you purchase spray bottles, urinal screens or restroom floor mats, remember that you have a choice: An EcoChoice®.

When purchasing plastic products, always look for the EcoChoice® logo or ask for EcoChoice® by name.

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