According to the National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report, plastic bottle recycling rose 30.5% for the year in 2012. In an article posted by Rick Lingle,Technical Editor of Packaging Digest, Lingle states that, “Plastic bottle recycling by consumers increased by 161 million pounds in 2012, edging up 6.2 percent, to reach nearly 2.8 billion pounds for the year.”
In the graph above, which was included in this report, demonstrates the amount of plastics, by pounds, that Americans have recycled since 1990 to 2012. Additionally, this report also shows the consistent growth of the amount of plastics Americans are recycling each year.
This report, which has been around since 1990, also shows that Americans recycled 1 billion pounds of high-density polyethylene plastics . This type of plastic includes those of household cleaners, milk jugs, and plastic bags. High-density polyethylene, also known as HDPE, is ideally the best product to use to for packaging and manufacturing purposes due to its ability to be re-used and recycled.
The American Chemistry Council has released in separate study, that over 80% of American households have access to a plastics recycling program. With this information in hand, it is clear that these numbers can potentially continue to rise in the future.
“Thanks to increased consumer access to recycling programs and growth in single-stream collection – whereby consumers place all recycled materials into a single bin – plastics recycling is one of the easiest things we can do to benefit the planet,” adds Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “In the United States, we have the capacity to recycle more used plastics than we are currently collecting, and innovative manufacturers are using these materials in new and exciting ways. Each of us can help by doing our part to get more used plastics into a recycling bin.”
Additionally, Steve Russell and Steve Alexander, the executive director of the Association of Post-consumer Plastic Recyclers, provide 3 useful tips for American consumers in regards to recycling. First, they suggest that when a plastic bottle is emptied, the consumer needs to be sure they return it to a recycling bin instead of the garbage. Second, they suggest consumers recycle all plastic containers, even if they are unaware if they item is recyclable. Last, they want to remind everyone that recyclers also want the bottle caps.
By recycling, we are contributing to the reduction of pollution and resource consumption. For this reason, it is important when deciding what kind of packaging product you wish to use for your products. By contacting us at PreferPack, we can ensure you are getting the best when it comes to your sustainable packaging needs.