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Just like you, plastics makers want to protect the environment for future generations. We’re working to ensure that plastics materials are responsibly used and then recycled—or if they can’t be recycled economically—recovered for their energy value.

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Since 1990, the plastics industry, as individual companies and through organizations such as ACC’s Plastics Division, has invested more than $2 billion to support increased recycling and educate communities in the United States.

As a result of our efforts and those of many other stakeholders, Americans have recycled more pounds of plastics every year since tracking began in 1990. In 2015, we recycled 6 billion pounds of plastics, including nearly 3 billion pounds of bottles, more than 1.4 billion pounds of other rigid plastics, and more than 1.3 billion pounds of flexible wraps and bags also known as “film.”  » View the latest recycling reports and studies

And, thanks to our growing infrastructure, it’s never been easier for citizens to recycle more of the plastics they use every day. Today, more than 94% of Americans can recycle plastic bottles locally, and more than 70% of us can recycle flexible wraps and bags at 18,000 grocery stores across the U.S.

Plastics that can be recycled should be recycled, but opportunities to recover non-recycled plastics are growing too. An emerging set of technologies is allowing governments and businesses to convert non-recycled plastics into energy, fuels, and feedstocks, or raw materials for new manufacturing. Energy recovery  is happening right now, powering homes and businesses, and it’s helping to address our growing population’s biggest challenges: energy independence, waste diversion, and climate change. 

Recovery Solutions for Flexible Plastic Packaging: Materials Recovery for the Future

Currently, in North America, flexible plastic packaging is not typically accepted in recycling programs. The Materials Recovery for the Future project provides leading members of the flexible plastic packaging value chain an opportunity to collaborate on a focused research program to find recovery solutions for flexible plastic packaging. » learn more

Innovation in Plastics Recycling Awards

The annual awards honor companies and individuals who have successfully brought new technologies, products and initiatives into communities and/or the marketplace.  » learn more

Progress in Plastics Recycling

Recycling can vary from place to place, but most community curbside programs recycle plastic bottles and many now recycle other plastic containers. In addition many large grocery and retail chains now offer bins to collect plastics bags and wraps for recycling. » learn more

How ACC is Helping to Advance the Progress in Plastics Recycling

From tracking recycling statistics to funding education campaigns and placing recycling bins on beaches, ACC is actively engaged in efforts to advance plastics recycling across the United States.  » learn more

Innovative Products

More than eighty percent of Americans say they feel “green” when they buy products made from recycled materials. Today, in many cases, used plastics can be recycled to make carpeting, clothing, accessories, backyard decks, home building products, furniture, car partselectronics and new bottles, bags and containers. » learn more

Energy Recovery and Feedstock Recycling

Sometimes there are economic or environmental limitations to recycling, and in those cases, studies clearly indicate that energy recovery, which can include converting used plastics into energy or feedstock manufacturing materials, is a better option than landfilling valuable plastics materials. » learn more

Recycling Resources and Reports

View these important publications, including community tools and recycling reports related to reclamation, reuse, and durables.  » learn more

Recycling Links

View these important plastics recycling links.  » learn more

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Plastics Statistics

The Plastics Industry Producers Statistics Group (PIPS) provides relevant, timely, comprehensive and extensive business statistics on the plastic resins industry.