Recycling of HDPE bottles increases to 31.6%

Plastic bottle recycling by consumers increased 161 million lb in 2012, edging up 6.2%, to reach nearly 2.8 billion lb for the year, according to figures released by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The recycling rate for all plastic bottles rose 1.6% to 30.5% for the year.

This annual National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report marks the 23rd consecutive year that Americans have increased the pounds of plastic bottles returned for recycling. The number of pounds of used bottles collected in the U.S. has grown each year since the industry survey began in 1990.

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