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Plastic Film Recycling
The recycling of plastic film climbed four percent from 2010 to reach 1 billion pounds annually in 2011, according to a national report. The category of "plastic film" includes plastic bags, product wraps and commercial shrink film. The report, developed by Moore Recycling Associates, Inc. on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), noted that the recycling of plastic film has grown 55 percent since just 2005.
Some plastic film examples
Paper towel wrap
Plastic water bottles
More film being recycled than ever before
In 2011, 1 billion pounds of film plastic was collected for recycling.
In 2005, the year this report was first done, that number was 652,477,000
55% increase in this type of recycling since 2005
Strong demand for recycled film
120 million pounds more film consumed by composite decking industry compared to 2010.
Growing number of drop-off locations
Since 2010, the number of bins available for drop off has grown from 12,000 to 15,000
2011 reclaimed end uses
Composite lumber 55%
Crates, buckets, pallets and piping - 29%
Other - 16%
Learn More: www.plasticfilmrecycling.org
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