of non-bottle rigid plastics up nearly 50 percent
The American Chemistry Council released a
new report which documents a dramatic increase in the collection
and recycling of post-consumer non-bottle rigid plastics across
the United States. The report, prepared by Moore Recycling Associates,
Inc., found that in 2009, nearly 480 million pounds of post-consumer
rigid plastics were collected for recycling nationwide, an increase
of nearly 33 percent from 2008 and 47 percent since 2007.
The category “non-bottle rigid plastics” includes nondurable
items (or packaging), such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
tubs, polypropylene (PP) cups and similar food containers, and
durable items, such as pallets, crates, carts, five gallon buckets
and electronic housings.
According to the report a growing number of reclaimers have begun
processing non-bottle HDPE and PP containers to produce resin
for new end products. And the number of communities collecting
mixed rigid plastics also has grown in response to demand.
Among the report’s key findings:
- There has been an increase in the number of processors,
end users and reclaimers of rigid plastics in 2009;
- In just 1 year, there has been a 33 percent increase in
collection of non-bottle rigid plastics; and
- The number of communities offering rigid plastics recycling
continues to increase.
Over 63 percent of households in California now have access to
recycling of non-bottle rigid plastics, and recycling programs
across the country are being expanded to collect rigid containers.
The report is based on data supplied by 60 post-consumer plastic
processors, end-users and exporters across the United States.
The full report, “2009 National Post Consumer Report on Non-Bottle
Rigid Plastics Recycling,” is available on www.americanchemistry.com/plastics.