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.
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
- 5-gallon buckets
- Electronic housings
More and more communities are expanding plastics collection programs to include rigid containers