Non-bottle recycling tops 1 billion pounds in the U.S.

By Jim Johnson
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: March 11, 2014 1:03 pm ET
Updated: March 11, 2014 10:00 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability Recycling Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations American Chemistry Council Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers

ORLANDO, FLA. — Non-bottle rigid plastics recycling continues on its meteoric rise, topping a billion pounds for the first time and tripling in only a matter of six years.

New statistics from a study commissioned by the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council also show that rigid plastic recycling increased by 10 percent from 2011 to 2012, hitting a total of 1.02 billion pounds.

That’s three times the total of the amount of rigid plastics recycled in 2007 when the industry first started tracking such numbers, said the ACC, a trade group.

Non-bottle rigid plastics includes items such as toys, tubs, cups, caps, lids, crates, buckets, automobile parts, pipe, and lawn and garden products.

Steve Alexander, executive director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, called the increase amazing.

“In a short period of time, rigids have become the fastest growing category of plastics recycling, and we are excited about the future,” Alexander said in a statement.

Rigid plastic recycling has exploded in recent years as it has become easier for people to find a second life for their discards.

The growing popularity of single-stream recycling around the country, and the associated larger carts that are being provided for this all-in-one recycling, is allowing folks additional room to put more and larger rigid plastic items in the recycling stream.

“The increasing popularity of large bins and access to single-stream collection programs are making it easy for consumers to recycle their used plastics,” said Steve Russell, ACC's vice president of plastics, in a statement.

Polypropylene accounted 38 percent of the post-consumer plastics collected while high-density polyethylene made up 34 percent, according to the 2012 National Report on Postconsumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling.


Comments

Non-bottle recycling tops 1 billion pounds in the U.S.

By Jim Johnson
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: March 11, 2014 1:03 pm ET
Updated: March 11, 2014 10:00 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

California town repealing plastic bag ban

April 21, 2015 1:30 pm ET

The bags are back, baby. At least in Huntington Beach, Calif.    More

Image

VW considering standard battery design to bring down costs

April 21, 2015 11:17 am ET

Volkswagen Group may shift to a single lithium ion battery cell design for all of its electrified vehicles.    More

Image

Recycling group changes its name to the Recycling Partnership

April 20, 2015 3:10 pm ET

Curbside Value Partnership is no more. But don't worry. The organization that promotes curbside recycling is simply changing its name to the...    More

Image

Adidas phasing out plastic bag use

April 20, 2015 11:50 am ET

Sporting goods company Adidas AG is phasing out the use of plastic bags in its own retail stores as part of a larger effort raise awareness about...    More

Image

IPL invests in new molding technology at New Brunswick plant

April 20, 2015 3:46 pm ET

IPL Inc. has invested C$2.04 million (US$1.63 million) to produce lighter weight, injection molded containers at its Edmundston, New Brunswick, operat...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events