Plastic Loose Fill Council was founded in 1991 to promote the
reuse of polystyrene loose fill, commonly known as "packing peanuts."
The Council's Peanut Hotline is one of the country's most successful
material reuse programs.
Council was created by the major US manufacturers of polystyrene
loose fill packaging. Members are: Inter-Pac, Inc. of Tupelo, MS;
RAPAC, Inc. of Oakland, TN; and Storopack, Inc. of Cincinnati, OH.
John D. Mellott, President and General Manager of Storopack, Inc.,
serves as Council President.
Council established the
national, 24-hour consumer hotline and website directory service
that provides referrals to the nearest locations that accept loose
fill for reuse. Since the Hotline was launched in July of 1991,
thousands of individuals have contacted the Hotine each month.
calls increased dramatically over the first few years as catalog
companies promoted the reuse program by printing the toll-free number
on informational inserts in each mail-order package. Catalog companies
continue to inform their customers of the Peanut Hotline.
addition to promotion by the Council and catalog companies, the
Peanut Hotline's website and toll-free number are listed in numerous
recycling guides. Communities recognize the value of the reuse program
and publicize it through municipal recycling directories and by
word-of-mouth. As near as we can tell, over a million people have
used the Hotline Service.
thousands of cities and towns, local mail and parcel centers, craft
and gift shops, camera, hardware and specialty stores accept loose
fill from the public for reuse. There are collection centers in
reuse program offers a benefit to everyone involved. The public
is given a convenient way to recycle loose fill. Collection centers
report receiving enough loose fill to significantly reduce new packaging
purchases and also report receiving new business through increased
consumer reuse of plastic packing peanuts is one of the ways polystyrene
loose fill manufacturers incorporate environmental practices into
loose fill industry is a small portion of the U. S. packaging market.
Approximately 45 million pounds of loose fill are manufactured each
research and random collection center surveys give an estimate that
30 percent of the loose fill produced each year is reused. This
includes the Plastic Loose Fill Council's Peanut Hotline reuse program
and extensive industrial reuse (companies unpack goods and reuse
INTER-PAC, INC. located in Tupelo, MS, was founded in 1960
as International Commodore. The company was one of the first loose
fill packaging manufacturers in America. In 1979, the company began
manufacturing EPS resin for its own use and for sale to other loose
fill manufacturers. Inter-Pac's products are now used world-wide.
In 1982, Inter-Pac was sold to its current owners. In 1991, Inter-Pac
began manufacturing EPS resin using recycled plastic. Today recycled
polystyrene plays a key role in the company's business. Inter-Pac's
100% recycled plastic resin is one of the company's best selling
products. President is Orwill Hawkins.
P.O. Box 2515 (zip code: 38803-2515)
1867 South Veterans Blvd. (zip code: 38804)
RAPAC, INC. is located in Oakland, Tenn. and is a privately
held firm producing expandable polystyrene for loose fill. The company
was started in 1984 and has grown to become the largest loose fill
bead producer in the world. The company achieved this growth by
being the industry leader in product innovation. Initially, the
company introduced a light weight product and in 1990 added recycled
content and a photodegradable additive to the entire product line.
In early 1991, a product made entirely of recycled materials was
introduced. To support their needs for recycled polystyrene, the
company operates R-2 Manufacturing, a separate recycling plant in
Oakland, TN. All material recycled at R-2 Manufacturing is used
by RAPAC. President is Ken Adams.
65 Industrial Park Road
Oakland, TN 38060
Sales Contact: Ken Adams (x1171)
or Beverly Traylor (x1166)
STOROPACK, INC. headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, was founded
in 1978, by Hans Reichenecker, Chairman, and John D. Mellott, President.
Storopack, Inc. is a member of the Storopack Reichenecker Group,
the world's largest manufacturer, converter and recycler of expandable
polystyrene packaging with primary activities that include the manufacture
and sale of plastic, starch and paper cushioning materials as well
as supportive systems and equipment for the storage and dispensing
of these materials. Storopack, Inc. has 22 locations in North America
along with 28 licensees. The Storopack Group, in addition to North
America, has operations throughout Europe and the Far East.
4758 Devitt Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45246
Sales Contact: Steve Sobel