On November 7, 2017, the industry groups Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) published the “2016 United States national postconsumer plastic bottle recycling report.” In 2016, 1.32 million metric tons of post-consumer plastic bottles were collected for recycling, marking a decline of 2.4% compared to 2015. The overall U.S. plastic bottle recycling collection rate decreased from 31.1% in 2015 to 29.7% in 2016. When looking at the different plastic materials, collection of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles decreased, while collection of polypropylene (PP) bottles increased (see tables below).

Collected for recycling2016compared to 2015
PET bottles795,147 t-2.5%
HDPE bottles504,440 t-2.8%
PP bottles16,601 t+15.1%
Total plastic bottles1.32 mio t-2.4%
Collection rate20162015
PET bottles28.4%30.1%
HDPE bottles33.4%34.4%
PP bottles20.2%17.9%
Total plastic bottles29.7%31.1%

Read more

ACC (November 7, 2017). “Plastic bottle recycling dips in 2016; longterm outlook still strong.

Anne Marie Mohan (November 13, 2017). “Plastic bottle recycling dips in 2016.” Greener Package

Steve Russell (November 15, 2017). “A dip in plastics recycling. Now what?ACC


APR & ACC (2017). “2016 United States national postconsumer plastic bottle recycling report.(pdf)