US: Recycling of rigid plastics and film each jump 10% in 2016
Two major categories of plastics recycling, non-bottle rigid plastics and plastic wraps, bags and flexible film packaging (collectively “film”), each jumped ten percent in 2016. Rigids reached a minimum of 1.46 billion pounds and film climbed to 1.3 billion pounds collected for recycling, according to 2 recycling reports released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC).
The volume of rigid plastics collected for recycling in 2016 is nearly 4.5 times greater than the volume collected in the 2007 inaugural report. Additionally, plastic film recycling has grown for 12 consecutive years and has more than doubled since 2005 when the first report was compiled (Press Release ACC, 21 February 2018).
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Click here for the 2016 National Post-Consumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling Report (724 kB).
Click here for the 2016 National Post-Consumer Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Report (469 kB).
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