Plastic film and plastic bag recycling in the United States showed double-digit growth
according to a new report, plastic film and plastic bag recycling in the United States increased significantly, jumping 14% in 2010 to 971.8 million pounds (about 448000 tons). This is the first time since 2006 that the annual growth rate has exceeded 3%
according to the data collected by Murray recycling associates and released by the National Chemical Council (ACC), the number of plastic bags and films collected in the country jumped by 14% in 2010, from nearly 854.4 million pounds (about 387500 tons) in 2009 to 971.8 million pounds (about 448000 tons) in 2010
Keith Christman, managing director of ACC plastic market, said, "this sharp rise in recycling rate is gratifying. It sends the message that plastic bags can be recycled, and many plastic bags are printed with the words' take it back '."
after the financial crisis, the comparison shows that the cumulative percentage of recovery rate growth in the previous three years was only 5.2%, 2.24% in 2007, 0.25% in 2008 and 2.64% in 2009.
however, markmurray, executive director of California anti waste organization, said that this percentage increase was purely misleading: "measured by every standard, the recovery effect of plastic bags is still negligible." He said that from 2009 to 2010, the recycling volume of plastic bags increased by 27million pounds (about 122 background information: 47 tons of sustainable development), which was completely submerged by the 220million pounds (about 100000 tons) of plastic bags in the same period reported by the environmental protection agency. "The number of plastic bags produced and disposed of has increased much higher than the recycling volume in 2010."
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