Rigid Plastics

In 2017, at least 1.35 billion pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were recycled nationwide – 4 times the amount recycled in 2007. This equates to a total increase of over 1 billion pounds of plastic recovered for recycling since 2007! A recent study found that over 60% of people in the U.S. have access to non-bottle rigid container recycling. We’d like to keep the rigid recycling momentum going, increasing recovery rates and access year over year.

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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