Mixed Rigid Plastic (MRP) Recycling

MRP: Post Consumer Bulky Rigid Plastic

MRP – Mixed Rigid Plastic – is composed of bulky rigid plastics discarded by residents into the municipal waste stream. These include HDPE Buckets, Crates, Totes, Trays, Pet Carriers, Laundry Baskets and Lawn Furniture.  This grade is also commonly known as “BRP – Bulky Rigid Plastic”.

MRP Components of this grade are often not part of a recycling program and not officially accepted however end up at the MRF anyway, forcing the sorting facilities to deal with them. Rather than pay to landfill this valuable resource, MRFs started baling it and selling it to companies like Scrap Management for sorting, washing, and grinding.

Value is based on yield and labor. A bale with bigger pieces, less residue, and no noticeable contaminants always will command a higher price, as a processor can produce a higher yield and use less labor. Processors compete more aggressively on clean MRP because it is less of a quality risk. As well, clean MRP can be converted more quickly, resulting in quicker cash turnover than lower grades.

Color also plays a role. Bales with more black are considered lower value, even if they’re clean and uniform. The regrind they yield is of lower value to end users in light of the limited applications for black plastics.

Mixed Rigid Plastic Acceptable Items:

HDPE & PP Injection:

  1. Roll-Out Trash Carts
  2. Crates; Totes; Buckets
  3. Laundry Baskets
  4. Lawn Furniture
  5. Plastic Trays
  6. Pet Crates

       *Metal such as axels and bolts should be removed.

Mixed Rigid Plastic Contaminants (Not Acceptable):

  1. Metal – Wires, Circuit Boards, Etc
  2. Car Seats
  3. Mailboxes
  4. Coolers
  5. Styrofoam
  6. Cardboard
  7. Flexible Films
  8. Dumpster Lids
  9. PET – Clamshells, Bottles, Etc
  10. PVC – Pipe, Blister Pack, Etc.
  11. HDPE – Bottles, Drums, Jeri-Cans
  12. Other (may be marked as #7)

Not to exceed 2% of any other material that is not plastic:

  1. Paper, Cardboard, Metal, Styrofoam, Wood, Rubber, Liquid, Other Residuals, etc.
  2. Excessive amount of debris (sand, rocks, dirt, etc.) or moisture
  3. Heavy baler residue, grease or grime

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can MRP – Mixed Rigid Plastic – Be recycled?

Yes, we purchase MRP for sorting and recycling – the material must be clean and meat the industry specifications for A Grade.

What Is MRP (Mixed Rigid Plastic)?

MRP is a grade of post consumer plastic waste generated by material recovery facilities. It’s composed primarily of HDPE and PP rigid plastics such as trays, totes, bins, pallets, etc.

What Is MRP Worth?

The value of MRP varies by region and depends on weight and quality.  Send pics to a Scrap Management rep for an updated price by clicking on “Get A Quote”!

Who Buys MRP: Mixed Rigid Plastic?

Scrap Management Inc is a buyer for MRP.  We’ve been shipping this material over 10 years.  For a price click on “Get A Quote” and include a few pictures.