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APC reports record-high plastic-bottle recycling.

According to the 15th annual APC Plastics Recycling Study, consumer plastic bottle recycling increased by 247 million lbs in 2004--the largest annual increase on record--to reach a total of more than 1900 million lbs. Significant gains were made by PET and HDPE resins, which posted increases of 165 million lbs and 81 million, respectively.

The American Plastics Council (APC) notes, however, that the demand for recycled plastic has outpaced consumer participation in recycling programs. The overall plastic-bottle recycling rate reached 22.6%. According to the report, a major challenge is posed by recovery of bottles for products consumed outside the kitchen (e.g., bathroom products, engine fluids, laundry products), as consumers often forget that these bottles are recyclable.

The study represents a cooperative effort between the APC (Arlington, Va.), the Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers (APR), and the American Beverage Association (ABA). It was conducted by R.W. Beck, Inc. The full text can be found at
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Title Annotation:APC Plastics Recycling Study
Comment:APC reports record-high plastic-bottle recycling.(APC Plastics Recycling Study)
Author:Molinaro, Hope
Publication:Plastics Engineering
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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