If Paul Benvenuti had hair, it would have been on fire around this time three years ago.
It was the first time that Benvenuti's Commercial Plastics Recycling Inc. was handling recycling duties for the behemoth known as NPE.
And while everything ultimately worked out great, he said, there were some hiccups and learning curves along the way for the Tampa, Fla.-based company.
Ultimately some 400,000 pounds of plastic parts, accessories, doohickeys and thingamajigs were collected from the NPE floor and returned to the company's recycling site in Tampa for processing.
All those lessons learned, Benvenuti said, will come in handy this time around as the company is once again handling recycling duties at NPE2018 at the Orange County Convention Center.
"It was definitely a trial by fire, and we survived it. It was a lot of hard work. It was a steep learning curve the first time," Benvenuti said. "And we feel we have some lessons learned from that, working with both the exhibitors as well as ways we can make this more efficient."
About 40 tractor-trailer truckloads of plastics were recycled from the 2015 show, but the company hopes to cut down transportation this year by establishing grinding operations on-site.
Transporting less air and more plastic per load will help cut the number of 68-mile, one-way trips his trucks will have to take this time around, Benvenuti said.
It's hard to tell by just how much, but the plastics recycler hopes to eliminate maybe a third of the transportation in 2018 compared with 2015.
Commercial Plastics Recycling is teaming up with two other partners this time around to better manage all that plastic in 2018.
Weima (Booths W5489, W5589) is demonstrating its machinery — for both shredding and grinding — on site to handle the show plastics.