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Plastic Recycling Across Canada Increases

CanadaFor the third year in a row, the amount of post-consumer plastic packaging being recycled across Canada has increased, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) reports.

The 2012 Post Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada Report said an additional 10 percent of plastic packaging was recycled in 2012 compared to 2011 as reported by Moore Recycling Associates Inc. This increase is the result of more material collected for recycling as well as more companies providing recycling information.

More than 285 million kilograms of post-consumer plastic packaging was collected for recycling in Canada. These companies are made up of manufacturers, re-claimers, exporters, brokers and MRFs (material recovery facilities). Of the total, 83 percent remained  in North America.

The plastic recycled quantities reported for 2012 represent an increase of 3 percent for bottles (for a total of 174.7 million kilograms), an increase of 29 percent for non-bottle rigids (for a total of 35.6 million kilograms), an increase of 18 percent for plastic bags and outer wrap (for a total of almost 44 million kilograms) and an increase of 24 percent for polystyrene foam (for a total of 926,000 kilograms).

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