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U.S. PET Recycling Rate Climbs Again

1:30 AM MDT | November 1, 2010 | LINDSEY BEWLEY

U.S. consumers recycled 28% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers in 2009, increasing for the sixth consecutive year according to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR; Sonoma, CA). The company’s recently released annual report—issued in conjunction with the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (Washington)—found that recycled PET for use in new products increased 2.4% in 2009, to 937 million lbs. The amount of recycled PET used in food and beverage bottles posted the most significant increase, rising 44% to 203...

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