The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) have released a new report on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container recycling activity.
The report, entitled '2011 Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity', refers to the US recycling rate of 29.3% for PET plastic containers in 2011.
According to the report, the total post consumer PET bottles volume collected in the country was the highest measured to date at 1,604 million pounds, and the total amount of RPET produced by the reclaimers also peaked at 667 million pounds.
NAPCOR Chairman Tom Busard said PET collection in 2011 increased despite various challenges.
"United States reclaimers purchased a record 916 million pounds of postconsumer bottles in 2011, and 1.04 billion pounds of recycled PET went back into new product applications," Busard said.
The report consists of details pertaining to end-use product categories comprised in 2011's use of 1.04 billion pounds of recycled PET, and reflect increases over 2010 in sheet and film, food and beverage bottles, strapping and fibre end-use categories.
APR chairman and vice president Bill O'Grady, commenting on the report, said, "It's gratifying to see PET thermoform recycling measured for the first time this year, and we feel the APR plays a key role here by providing design for recyclability guidelines that specifically address PET thermoform labels and adhesives."
The trade association for the PET plastic packaging industry in the US and Canada NAPCOR is dedicated to promoting PET packaging, to overcoming obstacles to the recycling of PET and to communicating PET container features as a sustainable package.
Image: The total post consumer PET bottles volume collected in the US was the highest measured to date at 1,604 million poundsPhoto: kangshutters.