U.S. Recycled Plastics Demand to Rise 5.9 Percent Annually

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

December 4, 2012

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U.S. Recycled Plastics Demand to Rise 5.9 Percent Annually

U.S. demand for post-consumer recycled plastics is expected to rise 5.9 percent annually to 3.4 billion pounds in 2016, according to a new report.

The study by the Cleveland-based Freedonia Group said the gains will come from a growing emphasis on sustainability among packaging and consumer product manufacturers, advancements in processing and sorting technology, and an improved collection infrastructure that helps raise the plastic recycling rate, according to a news release.

Continued support for recycling by government also will help plastics collection, processing and demand.

However, the overall plastics recycling rate in the United States will remain relatively low, 6.5 percent of total plastic demand in 2016. The industry faces several challenges, such as minimal recycling in several major plastic markets, and strong export sales. Only 53 percent of plastic collected for recycling in the United States makes it into manufactured products in the U.S. market.

The study, Recycled Plastics, presents historical demand data as well as forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by source, resin and market.

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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