This seems an easy way to boost demand for recycled content plastic: curbside trash and recycling carts made with recovered plastics.
Rehrig Pacific Co. became the latest with a June 24 announcement it was supplying the city of Baltimore with 205,000 residential recycling carts made with post-consumer plastic, including from recycled laundry baskets and toys.
The company's press release does not mention the percentage of recycled content in the carts, but a similar announcement last year from Waste Management and Cascade Cart Solutions said its carts were being made with 10 percent post-consumer plastic content.
It seems like a no-brainer as long as the carts are durable. Trash cans are a good place for recycled content: The plastic doesn't need to meet the purity requirements for food applications, for example, and minor color variations from recycled resin wouldn't bother me on my recycling cart.
This also seems like an area ripe for federal or state laws. If California can require recycled content in soda and water bottles as it does now, then writing recycled content into law for things like trash carts seems a no-brainer way to get some demand boost.
The Rehrig Pacific announcement quotes the Recycling Partnership, which is part of the Baltimore effort, as saying it's the first big project that meets the recycled content requirements of the partnership's grant-funded carts program.