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U.S. PET Recycling Rate Rises for Seventh Straight Year

10:26 AM MDT | October 12, 2011 | Lindsey Bewley

The U.S. recycling rate for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers rose 1 percentage point in 2010, to 29%, according to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR; Sonoma, CA), the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR; Washington, DC), and the PET Resin Association (PETRA; New York). Total PET collected for recycling was also the highest to date, up nearly 7.8% from 2009, to 1.5 billions lbs. The use of recycled PET in end-use applications grew 6.9% from 2009, to 1 billion lbs. This is the seventh consecutive year that the...

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