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December 2007

Plastics recycling up 9% in 2006

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) announced that 1.272 billion pounds of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles were collected in the United States in 2006, the highest PET container collection volume recorded to date and a 9% increase over 2005.

This collection volume contributed to a recycling rate of 23.5%, marking the third year of recycling rate increase. The volume of PET containers available for recycling in the United States also grew in 2006 to 5.424 billion pounds, a 7% increase over 2005. This growth was driven primarily by strong sales of still water, teas, energy drinks, and isotonic beverages.