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2010 PET container recycling rate reaches 29%

Report records seventh straight year of U.S. PET recycling rate increase.

iStock image recyled bottles
iStock image recyled bottles

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), and the PET Resin Association (PETRA) have released the “2010 Report on Post Consumer PET Container Recycling Activity,” which records a 2010 PET container recycling rate of 29%. This is the seventh straight year that the U.S. recycling rate has increased. Total PET collected for recycling was also the highest to date, as was the use of recycled PET in end-use applications, at more than 1.5 billion pounds and 1 billion pounds, respectively.

“NAPCOR is pleased to report these consistent increases in the PET recycling rate, year over year, and is committed to building on this trend,” says Tom Busard, NAPCOR chairman and vice president, Global Procurement and Material Systems, Plastipak Packaging, Inc.“PET recycling and use of recycled PET in new products and packaging are integral components of what PET offers as a sustainable package; it’s important to NAPCOR to foster and facilitate this essential component of the PET package premise.”

The 2010 report also details the end uses for a record 1,002 million pounds of recycled PET utilized in manufacturing applications, reflecting increases over 2009 in Sheet & Film, Food & Beverage Bottles, Strapping, and Fiber end-use categories.

“Recycling plastic such as PET and reprocessing it for next-life use is not only critical to the viability of our industry, but it’s simply good practice, both environmentally and economically,” says Scott Saunders, APR Chairman and general manager of KW Plastics Recycling. “Recycling and remanufacturing of recycled material captures and repurposes the value inherent in the material, provides local jobs, and local tax revenues.”

This is the sixth year that NAPCOR, the APR, and PETRA have partnered to produce this report and the sixteenth year that NAPCOR has issued the report in its current format.

“The PET recycling rate report provides an important industry benchmark as well as a valuable snapshot of recycling trends,” says John Cullen, Chairman of PETRA’s Sustainability Committee and commercial manager of DAK Americas LLC.

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