Five Facts About Plastics Recycling

You’ve probably heard a lot about recycling plastics, but some of these facts may surprise you. Read below and discover nine reasons why plastics recycling is on the rise. 

  1. Recyclers want your plastic caps and lids.
    Plastic caps and lids are typically made with the same recyclable plastic as milk jugs, which are made using high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Through advances in plastics recycling, you can now put those plastic caps and lids back on bottles and containers before you put them in the recycling bin. The caps will be separated later in the recycling process.
  2. Your home is likely filled with recyclable plastics.
    When looking for plastic items to recycle, the kitchen is often the first place we focus on. But plastic containers for items like bleach, toiletries and other gardening products are typically made with the exact same plastic as those items found in the kitchen, and are just as easy to recycle. So spread out, and check your bathroom, garage and other rooms in the house for items you can recycle. The more we can recycle our plastics, the more we accomplish in the Recycling Counts ™ movement.
  3. Recyclers like Clean Tech make plastics recycling more efficient.
    Recyclers like Clean Tech, Plastipak’s recycling company, boast impressive technologies that allow for faster, more efficient plastics recycling. Clean Tech’s global recycling centers utilize the most advanced recycling technologies globally in converting collected and recycled plastic containers into high-quality post-consumer recycled PET resin (PET PCR or rPET) and HDPE resin (HDPE PCR or rHDPE). Post-consumer recycled resin is converted back into containers for food, laundry detergent, household cleaners and other common products.
  4. Plastic packaging helps reduce packaging and food waste.
    Strong, lightweight plastics enable plastic packaging to do more with much less material. Many studies have found that plastic packaging delivers food with less waste and energy consumption and a lower carbon footprint than other packaging alternatives. Plastic packaging also extends the shelf life of healthy foods and prevents food waste.
  5. Plastics recycling is on the rise.
    Since the 1990s, plastics recycling has grown significantly and continues to increase. Today the amount of recycling programs continue to grow for plastics including bottles, caps, containers and lids. The U.S. EPA reported that in 2015 Americans recycled more than six billion pounds of plastics, and the numbers only continue to grow.