Plastic bottle recycling rises as plastic bottle usage drops

03/12/2010

Americans recycled more plastics bottles in 2009 for the 20th straight year, although the overall recycling rate remains at just 28%. The amount of bottles recycled rose 46 million lb (2%) in 2009, hitting a record 2.5 billion lb, according to figures released by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Assn. of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR). Total amounts remain below the pre-recession and pre-thinwalling levels, but some materials did see significant increases over 2008 totals.<7B>

Polypropylene (PP) bottle recycling rose 27% to 27 million lb, although PP bottles only hold 2.2% of the market, compared to 96.3% for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles.:::
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