Slow growth for plastic film recycling in 2012


The recycling of postconsumer film packaging exceeded one billion pounds in 2012, however, that just amounts to an increase of one percent over 2011. Recovery data in the report, 2012 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report, is based on surveys from 21 U.S. and Canadian processors and 39 exporters.

A minimum of 1.02 billion pounds of postconsumer film was acquired for recycling in 2012, an increase of 56 percent since 2005. The report, which was conducted by Moore Recycling Associates Inc. for the plastics division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), looked at the category of plastic film, which includes plastic bags, product wraps and commercial shrink film.
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