Americans reached an all-time high for plastic bag and film recycling in 2007, recycling an estimated 830 million pounds, compared to 812 million pounds in 2006. According to the National Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Bag and Film Report, the 2007 total is a 27 percent increase from the 2005 total of 652.5 million pounds.
The report, conducted by Sonoma, Calif.-based Moore Recycling Associates, attributed the jumps to an increased awareness by consumers and businesses of recycling opportunities through increased visibility and stronger demand.
“More Americans are recycling plastic bags and film than ever before, driven by a growing recognition that plastic is a valuable resource – too valuable to waste,” said Steve Russell, managing director of the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, in a press release. “Recovered plastic bags and wraps can be recycled into many useful products, including durable backyard decking, fencing, railings, shopping carts and, of course, new bags. Increased recycling of bags and film is good for business and good for the economy.”