On December 18, 2019, the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced publication of their latest report on postconsumer plastic bottle collection and recycling in the United States. This year’s report shows that the overall U.S. plastic bottle collection rate has continued to decrease from 29.7% in 2016 to 29.3% in 2017 and now further to 28.9% in 2018. There was a significant decrease in the export of post-consumer plastic bottles, with only 7.7% of material being exported outside of the U.S. Respectively, domestic processing of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles is at an all-time high, with a 238-million-pound increase in 2018 over 2017.
The report provides an overview of collected data for different plastic resins and highlights that the collection rate of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) increased, while the collection rate of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) bottles continued to decrease compared to last year’s report (FPF reported).
|Collected for recycling||2018||2017||compared to 2017|
|PET bottles||822,363 t||782,901 t||5%|
|HDPE bottles||456,495 t||472,553 t||-3%|
|PP bottles||13,880 t||14,106 t||-2%|
|Total plastic bottles||1,293,646 t||1,270,000 t||2%|
|Total plastic bottles||28.9%||29.3%||29.7%|
ACC (December 18, 2019). “Plastic Bottle Recycling Strong Despite Challenges.”
Anne Marie Mohan (January 13, 2019). “Static Bottle Recycling Rate is Insufficient to Meet CPG Demands for rPET.” Greener Package
APR & ACC (2019). “2018 United States national postconsumer plastic bottle recycling report.” (pdf)