US recycling of plastic film reached 1bn lbs in 2011 - report

25 February 2013 21:25  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Americans for the first time have recycled 1bn lbs of plastic film in a year’s time, according to a report released on Monday.

The Moore Recycling Associates report, developed on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), said that US recycling of plastic film rose by 4% in 2011 to hit the billion-pound mark.

Recycling of plastic film has grown by 55% since 2005, the report said.

About 58% of US-recovered postconsumer film was consumed domestically in 2011, up from 53% in 2010.

Recycled polyethylene film is used to make products such as durable plastic and composite lumber, gardening materials, crates, pips and plastic bags.

Through its Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG), which represents resin producers, film converters, brand owners and recyclers, the industry is working to increase both commercial and consumer participation in the film recycling process, the ACC said.

“Reaching the 1bn lbs mark is an achievement that plastics makers, recyclers and retailers can be proud of, and we’re continuing to work together to get that number even higher,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for ACC.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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