PreZero collects and processes LDPE (grades A & B), LLDPE, Mixed Rigid Plastics, and Tubs/Lids. On both the East & West coasts, we source these materials from businesses and Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs). We then process them domestically in our plants located in Southern California and South Carolina. Having facilitites on both coasts allows for a more sustainable materials stream and reduces the carbon footprint that comes with recycling internationally.
From our facilities we produce high quality LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, & PE resins that can substitute for virgin resins in many applications. In total our facilities are able to process over 50,000 tons of material annually and we plan to grow that number in the coming years. We will also add more facilities in various regions throughout the US to meet market demand.
Manufacturers that work with us are provided with quality resins that are consistent from batch to batch. They also actively contribute to a domestic closed loop by using input material that has the capacity to be recycled perpetually without losing value.
Organic waste decomposing in landfills results in greenhouse gas emissions. PreZero collects organic waste from restaurants, grocery chains, and other businesses in the Southern California region so we can divert to either compost or animal feed. We collect packaged foods that have expired as well as food scraps from kitchens of restaurants.
Fibers consist of paper and various grades of OCC cardboard. In Southern California, we collect these materials from high volume generators and trade them with both domestic and international paper mills that repurpose the materials, preserving their value.
PreZero's Value Recovery Program (VRP) provides tailored solutions to our clients
that help them realize the value of the materials in their waste stream.
The idea behind the Value Recovery Program (VRP) was first generated by PreZero's parent company in Germany. The principle focus of the program is to successfully recover valuable items from the waste stream and divert them so they can be turned into new commodities.
PreZero US has adopted the program and has established the infrastructure to support large-volume generating companies across an array of industries. A few of the VRP target industries include distribution centers, grocery retailers, healthcare facilities, research labs, higher education institutions, and both hospitality & restaurant chains. For each of the industries in the target group, PreZero can be contracted to first conduct a waste characterization study that reveals where value can be recovered. From this information, PreZero derives a comprehensive report and proposal of services. If PreZero itself does not have the capacity to take on certain commodities, we will work to find the proper recycling outlets that yield the highest return as well as provide the greatest positive environmental impact. Once the VRP is implemented, our customers have access to a representative that will be on call to assist with follow-up support and continuous improvement.
A key component to the VRP service is establishing proper source separation. If materials are sorted properly, there is less chance for contamination and a greater chance that the materials collected will yield the most possible value for the company that generated the waste in the first place. The benefit here is two-fold. Not only do our customers see more return for their materials, but the materials themselves are also more likely to be recycled when free of contamination that typically occurs in co-mingled recycling systems. To assist with source separation, the PreZero VRP includes deliberate signage and planning with a VRP representative that make the sorting system easy on the employees who are actually on the floor working with the materials.
Companies benefit form the VRP by recovering monetary value from the materials in the waste stream and also by way of competitive advantage that comes with taking active steps towards supporting the circular economy. End consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the ecological footprint of the businesses they patronize. Companies that fail to meet these needs will start to lose ground on their eco-friendly counterparts.
Together we can positively influence the communities in which we operate and therefore, the end consumers our customers hope to serve.
Food waste improperly decomposing in landfills emits greenhouse gasses.
PreZero is working to combat these emissions in Southern California.
Organic waste is a big problem that PreZero is positioned to solve. Simply put, in landfills, organic waste decomposes improperly and produces a major greenhouse gas, methane. PreZero is working towards solutions that will instead turn this food waste into a valuable commodity that supports the circular economy.
As a part of PreZero’s dedication to the Food Recovery Hierarchy, we’ve built powerful partnerships with food banks and donation networks for people in need.
To recover food waste not suitable for human consumption, PreZero has developed two programs that have proven effective.
The first being collection and de-packaging services for expired or damaged foods. This program primarily serves large grocery chains and food distribution centers. PreZero has the capacity to collect, receive, and de-package these food items so both the organic contents and the actual packaging can be recycled. A win-win.
The second method of collection is our Portable Organics Diversion System (PODS) which addresses all of the issues commonly associated with recycling food waste. First, a PreZero representative works with clients (restaurant chains, hotels, businesses, etc.) to determine the volume of organic waste generated in a given time frame. Our rep then works collaboratively with your team to develop a system specific to your operation that ensures ease of use. At the center of this system are the PreZero organic totes. These 35 gallon containers are easy to maneuver and have a specialized locking mechanism to curb any fear of pests.
PreZero drivers will drop off totes in specified locations, typically close to kitchens, so they can be easily transported to prep stations. When finished using a tote, client staff can wheel the bins back to the original drop-off location where totes are picked up by PreZero, and replaced with freshly sanitized ones.
*The PODS service is currently offered within a 25 mile radius of our Ontario, CA facility.*
We will welcome inquires from franchise haulers interested in forming partnerships to use our PODS totes for organics collection in their franchise regions.
PreZero then diverts the collected food waste to either composting facilities or to local farms for animal feed. All diverted food waste is tracked with our reporting system, so our clients can see the positive environmental impact of their efforts.
PreZero is currently offering organics services to the entirety of Southern California, with plans to expand to other parts of the US in the near future. Given that California has recently mandated universal diversion of food waste (SB 1383), now is a perfect time for businesses to make adjustments in their everyday operations so they comply. PreZero is here to help our clients navigate the organics diversion process in a way that makes sense for their business and, together, we build the circular economy in the process.
You can't manage what you don’t measure. PreZero offers state-of-the-art reporting
so your business can track the positive impact of your diversion.
PreZero One-Source Reports show our customers all weights, quantities, revenue and costs associated with their materials for any selected time frame. The reports also generate an environmental impact statement (EIS) with calculations obtained directly from the EPA. Customers can share these figures both internally and externally to illustrate their commitment to supporting circular economy. One-Source Executive Management Reports show the information summarized by location, selected districts, regions, or divisions and provides detailed comparisons for any given time frame. With total traceability you're better able to manage your materials and therefore make the adjustments needed to benefit both the bottom line and the environment.
Our unique reporting system can also assist in compliance with state regulations. As the state of California continues to move towards ambitious waste reduction goals, it will become increasingly necessary for businesses to accurately report on their diversion. Our reports provide all the information companies will need to comply with state mandates. If you want to learn more about current and future regulations, visit CalRecycle.ca.gov.
PreZero provides reports that are specific to our customers' needs. They help with compliance, cost savings and reaching environmental impact goals that yield competitive advantage. Let us know why reporting is important to you and we'll work to get you there.
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