Polymer Recycling Statistics 1451 Plastics Recovery in the United States

In the United States, three organizations are primarily responsible for maintaining plastics recycling statistics: the American Plastics Council (APC), the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. APC and NAPCOR provide recycling rate data based on actual surveys of plastics recyclers. The EPA estimates recycling rates for specific commodities based on broad market data for products and an evaluation of municipal solid waste management data from the states [12]. The APC statistics are the most complete for plastic bottles [13]. Figure 14.2 shows the growth in postconsumer plastic bottle recycling from 1990 to 2000. In 2000, over 1.5 billion

Growth in post-consumer plastic bottle recycling rate

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