China's plastics recycling rate reaches 30 percent

China's plastics recycling rate reaches 30 percent

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

May 28, 2014

China's plastics recycling rate is on the rise and nearly quadruples the U.S. recovery rate for the material, according to an official in the Chinese plastics industry.

Climbing above 30 percent in 2013, the plastics recycling rate in China has been on a steady rise during the past five years. That trend continued in 2013 despite a more mild Green Fence-related fall in imports of plastic scrap than previously expected, Ning Hongtao, president of the plastics recycling committee of China Plastics Processing Industry Association, explained at the Green Forum of Chinaplas 2014. Ning's comments were reported by Plastics News.

The U.S. plastics recovery rate in 2012 came in at 8.8 percent, U.S. EPA data show.

According to Ning, plastic imports into China in 2013 were below 2012 levels by about 1.1 million tons. The majority of plastic imports come from Europe, Ning added.

Going forward, plastics groups in China would like to see a greater development of larger and more reliable firms to take on more types of plastics and further drive recovery rates.

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