US and Canada: Recycling of plastic film grows 3% in 2015

16 March 2017

The recycling of plastic wraps, bags and other film packaging grew 34 million pounds, or 3%, processing in the United States and Canada in 2015 to reach a minimum of nearly 1.2 billion pounds for the year. This marks the eleventh consecutive year of increases. Plastic film recycling—a category that includes flexible product wraps, bags and commercial stretch film made primarily from polyethylene (PE)—has increased nearly 84% since the first report was issued in 2005.
The ACC 2015 National Post-Consumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report also found that film increased 11% for the year while exports declined by almost 4% (Press Release American Chemistry Council, 7 March 2017).
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