Plastic bottle recycling hits record high
Plastic bottle recycling by consumers increased
123 million pounds in 2010 (up 5 percent) to reach a record high
of nearly 2.6 billion pounds for the year, according to figures
released jointly by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and
the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR).
The 21st annual National Post-Consumer Plastics
Bottle Recycling Report also marks the twenty-first consecutive
year that Americans have increased the pounds of plastic bottles
that have been returned for recycling. The pounds of bottles
collected for recycling has grown each year since the industry
survey began in 1990. The recycling rate for plastic bottles
rose one percent to reach nearly 29 percent in 2010.
APR, which represents more than 90 percent
of the postconsumer plastics recycling capacity in North America,
recently introduced a series of bale specifications to help buyers
and sellers of post-consumer plastics to come to a common understanding
of available materials.
A separate study titled, “Plastics Recycling
Collection: National Reach Study” published earlier this year
and sponsored by ACC found that 94 percent of Americans now have
access to recycle plastic bottles – making consumer access to
plastics recycling more widespread than previously believed.