PET container recycling in the United States continued a years-old trend of essentially holding steady in 2018, according to new statistics.
But that pattern is not going to be enough to satisfy growing demand for recycled PET in the years ahead, according to the head of the National Association for PET Container Resources.
NAPCOR is out with new data that shows PET container recycling was 28.9 percent in 2018 compared with 29.2 percent in 2017.
NAPCOR Executive Director Darrel Collier described the year-over-year numbers as being essentially flat, a trend that's been taking place for the past decade or so when it comes to PET recycling.
While the overall recycling rate for PET containers has stayed steady, the amount of the material being handled by domestic recyclers continues to rise. U.S. reclaimers purchased 1.67 billion pounds of the material in 2018, up from 1.44 billion pounds in 2017, an increase of 16 percent.