USA: Recycling of non-bottle rigid plastic recycling triples since 2007

14 March 2014

The recycling of rigid plastics excluding bottles rose to nearly 1.02 billion pounds in 2012, an increase of 10% over 2011 and triple the amount recycled in 2007 when the industry first began tracking rigid plastics recycling.
The “2012 National Report on Postconsumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling” attributes the increase to rapid growth in the collection of plastics beyond bottles in municipalities across the USA. The report includes containers (packaging and non-packaging) and bulky items. Polypropylene (38%) and polyethylene plastics (34%) comprise the largest portion of postconsumer rigid plastics collected (Press Release American Chemistry Council, 11 March 2014).
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