2013 Growth Trends and New Drivers for Recycling of Non-Bottle Mixed Rigid Plastics

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Materials recovery in the United States is changing dynamically as recycling collection services continue to expand to more households. Communities are increasingly offering “single stream” recycling, which makes it easier for residents to recycle by eliminating the need to pre-sort recyclables and allowing fiber, metal, glass and plastic recyclables to be placed in one “single stream” container. In recent years, hundreds of communities have expanded their existing plastics recycling programs beyond bottles and caps to include non-bottle mixed rigid plastics1. This report examines the key factors driving program expansion, evaluates barriers to future growth, and offers information to help local decision makers address those barriers as they consider whether to include non-bottle mixed rigid plastics in their community recycling programs.

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