US Recycled Plastics Industry

Posted on December 10, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

US Recycled Plastics Industry | Solid Waste & Recycling Magazine.

However, the overall rate of plastic recycling in the US will remain relatively low — 6.5 percent of total plastic demand in 2016

Export sales (particularly to China) siphon off a substantial portion of plastic scrap, and much of what is processed domestically has high levels of contamination. As a result, only 53 percent of the plastic collected for recycling makes its way to manufactured products in the US market.

That makes about 3.5% of the 100 million tonns of plastic produced each year in the USA is recycled.   Thethe other 96.5 million tones must be littered or landfilled.   That leaves room for a lot of improvement.