Rigid Plastics

In 2016, at least 1.46 billion pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were recycled nationwide – 4.5 times the amount recycled in 2007. Today, over 60% of people in the U.S. have access to non-bottle rigid container recycling, according to the Centralized Study on Availability of Plastic Recycling.

DID YOU KNOW? Rigid plastics is the fastest growing category of plastics recycling

What are Rigid Plastics? 

Rigid plastics (often referred to as “non-bottle rigid plastics” or “rigids”) include:

  • Nondurable items
    • High-density polyethylene (HDPE) tubs
    • Polypropylene (PP) cups and similar food containers
  •  Durable items
    • Pallets
    • Crates
    • Carts
    • 5-gallon buckets
    • Electronic housings

More and more communities are expanding plastics collection programs to include rigid containers

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