The Association of Plastic Recyclers

November 16, 2018 - Waste 360

November 16, 2018 - Waste 360, Plastics Recycling Update, Recycling Product News, Waste Management World, Lexology, Environmental Leader

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Report: U.S. PET Recycling Rate Climbs to 29.2%

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have released “Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2017,” which reveals that the U.S. polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling rate increased from 28.4 percent in 2016 to 29.2 percent in 2017. This increase reflects decreases in both total collection volumes and the volume of PET bottles available for recycling in the U.S.

“Demand for RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) continues to be healthy, and we have capacity and infrastructure to meet those needs,” said Tom Busard, chairman of NAPCOR, chief procurement officer for Plastipak Packaging, Inc. and president of Clean Tech, Plastipak’s recycling affiliate, in a statement. “However, we have more work to do to improve the quality and volume of PET that goes to our reclaimers.”

The volume of PET bottles available for recycling in the U.S. declined in 2017 for the first time since 2009. This was somewhat due to the bankruptcy of M&G Polymers, a major PET resin producer, and bottled water sales volumes being greater than that of carbonated soft drinks.

The total weight of PET bottles available for recycling was 5,913 million pounds, a decrease of more than 4 percent from 2016. This number reflects the total amount of PET resin used by U.S. bottle manufacturers from U.S., foreign and recycled sources, with adjustments for scrap generated and not reused in bottles and bottles less than 8 ounces in size. The 5,913 million pounds served as the denominator in the report to determine both the recycling and material utilization rates and includes 357 million pounds of postconsumer PET recyclate.

The total amount, by weight, of postconsumer PET bottles collected for recycling in the U.S. and sold to recycling markets in 2017 was 1,726 million pounds, of which 1,442 million pounds was purchased and processed by domestic PET reclaimers and 283 million pounds was sold to export markets, including Canada. This represents a 1.6 percent decrease in total volume of bottles collected compared to 2016. This decrease was driven by a decline in the volume of PET collected curbside.

Export volumes continued to see a decline, with 2017 being the lowest export fraction recorded since 2004 at only 16 percent of total collection. The domestic market readily absorbed the bottles not exported; total postconsumer bottles recycled and used by reclaimers was supported by strong domestic demand for the material.

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