Los Angeles County Sheriff task force arrests plastic recycler, recovers hundreds of pounds of ground material, over US$250,000 worth of illegally obtained pallets, including some owned by iGPS

Lorena Madrigal

Lorena Madrigal

ORLANDO, Florida , January 6, 2012 (press release) – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Industrial Plastics Theft Task Force pulled off a major pre-Christmas arrest at a South LA plastic recycler. On December 21, over $250,000 worth of illegally obtained pallets were recovered, including some owned by Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company, LLC). iGPS has been a supporter of the task force and has worked with it in its efforts to stop plastic pallet theft.

“With the rising value of plastics, the theft of plastic pallets and other reusable containers is on the rise,” said Al Farrell, Vice President of Asset Management at iGPS. “We have actively supported and cooperated with the Sheriff’s task force in LA County to combat these thieves. This arrest and others like it are proving that the task force approach is effective and serves as a model for other law enforcement agencies to adopt.”

In addition to plastic pallets, a number of large boxes containing hundreds of pounds of ground plastic were confiscated. According to Capt. Mike Claus of the Industry sheriff's station, where the task force is based, over $5 million in stolen trademarked plastic has been recovered in the last four months alone.

About iGPS
iGPS provides shippers and receivers with the most advanced and cost-efficient pallet-based shipping solution available today. iGPS’ solution is centered on its revolutionary lightweight, 100 percent recyclable plastic pallet with embedded RFID tags--the world’s most advanced shipping platform. When used in conjunction with associated iGPS technologies, shippers and receivers can track, trace and monitor shipments across the supply chain. Businesses that switch from wood pallets to iGPS realize game-changing savings—as much as $2 per unitized load—thanks to lower transport costs, reduced production downtime, reduced product damage and fewer rejected loads. iGPS’ pallet is also a major advance in supply chain hygiene—a platform that is easily cleaned, will not absorb fluids that can lead to contamination and never requires treatment with toxic pesticides and fungicides. An independent life cycle analysis has documented that iGPS’ solution is dramatically better for the environment than both one-way and multiuse wood pallets. Launched in March 2006, the company has created nearly 2,000 new green jobs in the U.S. and is led by pallet and supply chain veterans with decades of experience. iGPS (www.igps.net) is headquartered in Orlando, FL and operates its state-of-the-art National Sales and Innovation Center in Northwest Arkansas.

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