Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
United States Postal Service, Washington, D.C.,
(Received 21 September 1998; accepted 12 April 1999)
This study provides a comparison of paper and plastic corrugated materials that are used for packaging. The test containers were mail trays used by the United States Postal Service. The test methods consist of performing an accelerated test in a warehouse facility that closely simulates the everyday handling characteristics encountered by these trays in postal facilities. The results also compared differences in material-recycled content and fabrication processes. The results show that the reusable plastic corrugated trays performed 2.5 to 3 times better than similar types of reusable paper corrugated trays.
Paper ID: JTE12227J