Plastics News published our annual ranking of North American recyclers in the May 18 issue, so let's take a look at the numbers behind the ranking.
In print, we rank the top 25, but online we've got data for 218 companies totaling over 13 billion pounds of material moved in 2014, that's up 84 million pounds over last year.
182 of the companies reprocessed a total of 9,834 million pounds of plastic, for an average per company of 54 million pounds. The ranking charts about 1% growth in volumes.
Welcome to the top 25 this year:
Plastrec Inc. of Quebec
Welcome to the ranking:
ABC Import & Export LLC of Dallas.
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies Inc. or Springdale, Ark.
C4 Polymers Inc. of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Denham Plastics LLC of Salinas, Calif.
Florida Agricultural Plastic Recyclers LLC of Avon Park, Fla.
Mixed Plastics LLC of Los Angeles.
Northstar Recycling Co. Inc. of East Longmeadow, Mass.
Norwich Plastics Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario.
PetStar SAPI de CV of Mexico City.
Seaview Plastic Recycling Inc. of Bridgeport, Conn.
These firms reported moving a higher percentage of post-consumer material this year:
Astro Industries LLC of West Monroe, La.
BB Plastics Inc. of Rialto, Calif.
Canusa Hershman Recycling LLC of Branford, Conn.
Custom Resins Inc. of Wayne, N.J.
Recycling Technology Consultants LLC of Houston.
Saint Joseph Plastics of St. Joseph, Mo.
The ranking data can be found online at www.plasticsnews.com/rankings/recyclers.
We also offer the full rankings data for sale in the Plastics News Store at www.plasticsnews.com/data.
If you work for a company that is missing from the ranking, we would like to include you next time. Just sent a note to Hollee Keller at [email protected] or mail your information to Plastics News, P.O. Box 790, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278
Thanks to Hollee Keller for today's peek behind the data — and for her research on this year's project.