A new report on the recycling of post-consumer plastic film packaging from the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division states that figures increased by 116 million pounds in 2013, bringing the total recycled to 1.14 billion pounds. The news of this 11 percent rise was released at the 2015 Plastics Recycling Conference.
The “2013 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report” also included data that showed a 74 percent increase in PE film collected for recycling since 2005. These figures suggest higher collection rates by small and mid-sized businesses and that consumers are increasingly bringing more of their flexible plastics to at-store collection programs.
Support of “store drop-off” labels and the Wrap Action Recycling Program from groups such as the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Flexible Film Recycling Group and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers suggests this trend could continue to rise.
Steve Russell, vice president of Plastics of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division, said:
“We are pleased to see such strong growth in the recycling of polyethylene wraps. These increases highlight the critical role that grocers, retailers, and other businesses play in collecting this valuable material.”