Canadian Plastic Recycling Climbs 24 Percent in 2011

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

December 20, 2012

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Canadian Plastic Recycling Climbs 24 Percent in 2011

Canadians recycled 24 percent more post-consumer plastic in 2011 compared with the previous year, according to a new study.

More than 268.5 million kilograms (590.7 million pounds) were collected for recycling in Canada in 2011, according to the Mississauga, Ontario-based Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) in a news release. The CPIA commissioned the report that was conducted by the Sonoma, Calif.-based Moore Recycling Associates Inc.

Recycling increased 70 percent for non-bottle rigids, 19 percent for bottles and 1 percent for plastic bags and outer wrap.

The CPIA said the increase occurred not only because more material is being collected for recycling, but also more companies provided recycling information.

“We are pleased that two-thirds of Canadian sourced recycled plastic was recycled in Canada,” said Carol Hochu, president and CEO of CPIA. “Our recycling industry remains strong and capable of diverting more plastics from Canadian landfills.”

Hochu said Canadian recyclers continue to have underutilized capacity.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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