US Bottle Recycling Hits 3 Billion Pound MarkUS Bottle Recycling Hits 3 Billion Pound Mark
November 9, 2015
Post-consumer plastic bottle recycling hit another milestone last year in the United States, and in the process continued a growth trend that now reaches back for a quarter century.
New statistics from the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council show that bottle recycling increased by 97 million pounds to top 3 billion pounds for the first time in 2014. The overall plastic bottle recycling rate inched up 1 percent to 31.8 percent.
The year-over-year increase of 97 million pounds to 3.003 billion pounds represents a 3.3 percent increase from 2013’s total of 2.906 billion pounds.