On November 2, 2016 the industry groups Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) released the “2015 United States national post-consumer plastic bottle recycling report.” Overall, 1.35 million metric tons of post-consumer plastic bottles were collected for recycling in 2015, a decrease of 0.5% compared to 2014. The overall collection rate for plastic bottle recycling in the U.S. decreased from 31.7% in 2014 to 31.1% in 2015. The report also provides numbers for the different plastic materials, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high density polyethylene (HDPE), and polypropylene (PP):

Collected for recycling2015compared to 2014
PET bottles815,106 t-0.8%
HDPE bottles518,819 t-0.5%
PP bottles14,424 t+19.5%
Total plastic bottles1.35 mio t-0.5%
Collection rate20152014
PET bottles30.1%31.0%
HDPE bottles34.4%34.8%
PP bottles17.9%15.0%
Total plastic bottles31.1%31.7%

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ACC (November 2, 2016). “Plastic bottle recycling in U.S. stays flat in 2015, domestic processing reaches new high.

Jim Johnson (November 2, 2016). “Plastic bottle recycling dips slightly.Plastics News


APR & ACC (2016). “2015 United States national postconsumer plastic bottle recycling report.(pdf)