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Strong domestic RPET demand continues according to Report on Postconsumer PET recycling

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) have announced the release of the Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2017. The report cites a 2017 United States recycling rate of 29.2 percent for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, reflecting a slight increase over the 2016 rate of 28.4%. The rate increase reflected decreases in both total collection volumes and volume of PET bottles available for recycling in the U.S.

"Demand for RPET continues to be healthy, and we have capacity and infrastructure to meet those needs," said Tom Busard, NAPCOR Chairman, Chief Procurement Officer for Plastipak Packaging, Inc., and President of Clean Tech, Plastipak's recycling affiliate. "However, we have more work to do to improve the quality and volume of PET that goes to our reclaimers."

The recycling rate is derived by using the total volume of recycled PET material purchased by both U.S. processors (reclaimers) and export markets in 2017 — 1,726 million pounds — taken as a percentage of the total volume of PET resin used in U.S. bottles and potentially available for recycling, 5,913 million pounds. Of that 1,726 million pounds collected, 1,442 million pounds was purchased and
processed by domestic PET reclaimers, with the balance of collected material, 283 million pounds, sold to export markets, including Canada. Export volumes continued to see a decline, with 2017 being the lowest export fraction recorded since 2004 at only 16% of total collection. The domestic market readily absorbed the bottles not exported; total postconsumer bottles recycled and used by reclaimers was supported by strong domestic demand for the material.

"The key to continued growth in the PET recycling industry is increased demand for RPET by end users, and designing bottles for recyclability. Increased utilization of RPET provides the connection to meeting ‘Circular Economy' sustainability goals announced by many consumer brands," said Steve
Alexander, APR President. "Despite challenges with increased contamination and demand markets, the RPET industry continues to demonstrate its strength in terms of consistent domestic material purchases, and investment in enhanced processing capacity. The industry is superbly situated to work with all segments of the demand market to meet their sustainability challenges."

In terms of RPET used in U.S. and Canadian end market applications, total volumes increased by over 5 percent to 1,574 million pounds in 2017. Fiber, sheet and thermoforms, along with the strapping market all showed growth over 2016, while RPET use in bottles saw a reduction in total pounds.

Both NAPCOR and the APR continue to work to address the industry's ongoing challenges, with particular focus on improving quality of PET from the waste stream, reducing non-PET contamination in recycling streams, and building awareness at both industry and consumer levels of the importance of recycling PET. This is the thirteenth year that NAPCOR and APR have partnered to produce this report and the twenty third year that it's been issued by NAPCOR in its current format. The full Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2017 can be found on the NAPCOR and APR web sites, www.napcor.com and www.plasticsrecycling.org.

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Doppstadt's Airflex 1500 Wind Sifter allows for plastic-free composting, cuts volume losses

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Municipalities need to help to keep up with demand for composting according to USCC

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​TOMRA Sorting Recycling introduces AUTOSORT COLOR for separating glass from MSW

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STEINERT closing 2018 with best practice workshops based on real real-life scenarios

Steniert's UniSort Black in use at KDM in Ratingen where it sorts films, dark and black plastics, metals, broken glass, stones and ceramics from green waste and structural material.

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Backhus turner and Doppstadt screens provide needed production and versatility for converted composting site

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The Calgary composting facility is the largest in-vessel based operation in Canada

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Time to rethink what can be accomplished with catalytic converter recycling data

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Anaergia to begin construction on North America’s largest organic WtoE facility

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Volvo’s latest material handler continues long-term dedication to waste & recycling

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Matt Zubick – CARI’s newly appointed chair – is focused on helping members navigate the transition back to domestic self-sufficiency

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Vermeer Damage Defense System creates a more efficient and profitable operation for WasteAway Recycling & Environmental

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Waste Connections completes previously announced acquisition of American Disposal Services

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B.C.'s Coast Waste Management Association to hire new Executive Director

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Famed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution stems tide of glove waste

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Fuchs continues to drive momentum in North America

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Royal Canin partners with TerraCycle to enable consumers to recycle pet food packaging

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