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Reports and Data

  • 2013 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report The 2013 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Report is the ninth annual report on the amount of plastic bags and film recovered in the United States for recycling. Research for this report was conducted by Moore Recycling Associates Inc. for the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council.
  • Plastic Recycling Collection: National Reach Study, 2012 Update This study determines the types of rigid plastics that are collected—curbside or municipal drop-off—in the United States for recycling and documents the percentage of the population that has access to recycle various types of plastics. The current version of this report was updated to include New York City’s recent recycling expansion. » 2011
  • 2012 Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Collection: National Reach Study This study quantifies the percentage of the U.S. population that has access to programs that collect flexible plastic packaging, such as bags, wraps and other film, for recycling.
  • 2013 Growth Trends and New Drivers for Recycling of Non-Bottle Mixed Rigid Plastics This report explores major factors that are contributing to the rapid growth in rigid plastics recycling, such as increased demand, public commitments, excess MRF capacity, and improved consumer education. Completed by Resource Recycling, it contains recommendations for communities that are considering adding rigid plastics to their recycling programs, four case studies, and examples of successful community education programs.
  • 2014 National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report The 2014 edition of the United States National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report is the 25th annual report on plastic bottle recycling. This study is a cooperative effort between the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council and the Association of Post-consumer Plastics Recyclers, the goal of which is to quantify the amount of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) bottles recycled, as well as the rate of recycling. PET statistics are also included in the report.
  • 2011 Report from Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center: Energy and Economic Value of Non-recycled Plastics and Municipal Solid Wastes Conducted by the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) of Columbia University, this study calculates the energy value of non-recycled plastics that are currently landfilled in the United States using currently available technologies. The study also estimates the energy of diverting non-recycled plastics and all municipal solid waste produced in the United States into modern waste-to-energy facilities. Data is provided for all fifty states.
  • 2013 National Report on Post-Consumer Non-Bottle Rigid Plastic Recycling The 2013 National Postconsumer Recycling Report on Non-Bottle Rigid Plastics is the seventh annual report on U.S. pounds of postconsumer non-bottle rigid plastics—packaging and non-packaging—recovered for recycling. Research for this report was conducted by Moore Recycling Associates Inc. of Sonoma, California, for the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council.

The Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership, previously called Curbside Value Partnership (CVP), is a 501(c)(3) organization designed to grow participation in curbside recycling programs nationwide. The Recycling Partnership engages all recycling stakeholders (including government, private industry, haulers and materials recovery facilities) to identify solutions to improving curbside recycling programs through education and data analysis.

Since the start of 2015, The Recycling Partnership has helped catalyze $21 million of new recycling infrastructure through grants and on the ground technical support, positively impacting more than two million households. Over the coming months, The Partnership expects to complete placement of more than 300,000 additional carts. (Learn more about results from these partners.) Through its many partners, The Partnership has found that growing participation yields an increase in recycling volume and sustainability.

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Sort for Value Matrix

Sort for Value Matrix: A new tool for MRFs The APR Rigids Program, in cooperation with Moore Recycling, has developed a graphic tool called the “Sort for Value Matrix” that illustrates the economic value of sorting recyclable rigid plastics. This webinar will review the methodology used in developing the matrix as well as provide an explanation on how MRFs can use the matrix to better understand the potential value of their rigid plastic stream.

Terms and Tools

A broad group of stakeholders in plastics recycling developed this set of resources to help communities recycle more plastics. “Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools ” makes it easier for consumers to recycle plastics and helps improve nationwide tracking of the types and amounts of plastics recycled by providing a common set of recycling terms for community recycling programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. To  help reduce confusion about what plastics are collected for recycling, the Terms & Tools contain a common set of terms (a glossary or lexicon) for community recycling programs to use when communicating to residents about plastics recycling. Click here.

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