13 Oct '11, 8pm

Plastic bottle recycling tops 1.5 billion pounds - but can we do better?

Plastic bottle recycling tops 1.5 billion pounds - but can we do better?

Find your local recycling solution for plastic bottles After staying about the same for two years, the volume of PET bottles recycled in the U.S. increased to 1.5 billion pounds in 2010 – up 113 million pounds from the year before, according to a recent report. Total PET collected for recycling in 2010 was at its highest to date, as was the use of recycled PET in end-use applications, according to an annual report issued on Wednesday by the National Association for PET Container Resources , The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the PET Resin Association . Last year’s increase brought the total PET bottle recycling rate to nearly 30 percent for the first time since 1996 . About 29 percent of all PET bottles created in the U.S. were recycled last year – up from 28 percent in 2009, according to the report. The 2010 report also details end-use applications for ...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/10/13/pet-bottle-recycling-...

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