The Waverly, Fla.-based Highland Exchange Service Cooperative is trying to help reduce waste by collecting old harvest and field bins.

HESCO collecting old, unwanted harvest and field binsHESCO has started a bin recycling business.

HESCO’s bin recycling program provides Florida businesses an environmentally friendly solution for the problem of tired, old and broken harvest and field bins stacked and stored on many business properties, according to a news release.

In the program, HESCO pays cash for the older bins that litter business premises.

HESCO collects the unsafe, unusable and unsightly plastic bins, breaks them down and ships them to a recycler, according to the release.

“HESCO’s recycling program has grown every year since 2006, when we began hauling away our customers’ bins that were beyond repair,” Gap Kovach, HESCO chief executive officer, said in the release. “Since then, we’ve recycled over 65,000 bins — keeping nearly 6 million pounds of plastic out of landfills.”

HESCO also collects and recycles other unusable materials including plastic drums and containers.

HESCO offers a full line of macro plastics bins to replace the recycled inventory.

A wide range of industries use the durable injection molded plastic bins including citrus processors and distributors, wineries, fisheries and law enforcement agencies, according to the release.

HESCO officials say the bin recycling program is one of several of the co-op’s environmentally friendly product and service initiatives including its recently introduced ProMaka line of janitorial products, according to the release.

A leading supplier of industrial adhesives, packaging films and cornerboards, HESCO started as a membership-based cooperative servicing Florida citrus growers and packers but in recent years diversified into other areas.

HESCO serves cooperative and nonmember businesses across five southern states and California.