Incorporating recycled plastic resin into the manufacturing of new products significantly reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
APR's 2018 Life Cycle Inventory Analysis -- conducted by leading industry research consultants Franklin Associates -- analyzed the energy requirements and environmental impacts of postconsumer recycled plastic resin as compared to virgin plastic resin. The study examined recycling processes for three of the most common types of plastic material recycled today: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and polypropylene (PP).
This study shows a win-win for companies who incorporate recycled plastic resin into their new products. They can improve the environmental sustainability of their products and processes and reduce their energy costs.
Using recycled plastic reduced total energy consumption by
• 79% for PET
• 88% for HDPE
• 88% for PP
At the same time, using recycled plastic limited emissions by
• 67% for PET
• 71% for HDPE
• 71% for PP
2009 Life Cycle Inventory of 100% Postconsumer HDPE and PET Recycled Resin from Postconsumer Containers and Packaging