Recycling of rigid plastics in US climbed 13% in 2011
NEW ORLEANS : According to survey conducted by Moore Recycling Associates Inc on behalf of American Chemistry Council (ACC), the US recycling rate of all rigid plastics has jumped 13% during 2011. The recycling of rigid plastics excluding bottles reached 934 million pounds in 2011, which is 13% higher than the previous year.
The report “2011 National Postconsumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling Report “ finds that 61 percent of rigid plastics collected in the United States were recycled in the United States or Canada, a sharp increase from the slightly over one-third recycled in this region in 2007.
This report also found that polypropylene and polyethylene plastics comprise the major chunk (70 percent) of postconsumer non-bottle rigid plastics collected in the United States with polypropylene constituting 39 percent of all rigid plastics recycling and high-density polyethylene constituting 31 percent.
U.S. consumers with local access to recycle all non-bottle rigid plastics climbed from 40 percent to 57 percent between 2011 and 2012. The report “ Plastic Recycling Collection: National Reach Study, 2012 Update” found that more than 1,400 cities and 300 counties in the United States now collect all rigid plastic containers in addition to plastic bottles.
Both the reports were presented during the 2013 Plastic Recycling Conference, a two day event being held March 19th to 20th at Sheraton New Orleans, Louisiana. The results of both the studies are looks directly related to each other as the increased access to recycling facilities has lead to higher recycling rates.