US recycling of plastic film grows 50 per cent in five years

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The recycling of post-consumer plastic bags and plastic wrap in the United States grew by 50 per cent between 2005 and 2010, according to a new report.

Moore Recycling tracked the recycling of plastic film in the country on behalf of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and found that recycling of this material grew seven times faster than recycling overall.

ACC said that this was due to a combination of increased collection points via grocery and retail chains, better labelling on bags and a rise in consumer awareness.

“We’re excited to see strong growth in the recycling of plastic bags and wraps, and even more excited about opportunities for increased recycling in the near future,” said ACC vice president of plastics Steve Russell.