Plastic bags for recycling.

Just over 1 billion pounds of post-consumer bag and film plastics were recovered in 2018. | Pavel Kubarkov/Shutterstock

The amount of U.S. film and non-bottle rigids collected for recycling decreased in 2018, but domestic processors took in more of the material, according to More Recycling.

The consulting and research firm released two annual reports, both prepared for the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The ACC issued a press release on Aug. 18 about the reports.

Film recovery

The annual post-consumer bag and film recycling report found that 695 million pounds of film went to U.S. and Canadian reclaimers, up 10% from 2017. Just over 307 million pounds were exported for recycling, down 19%.

The total recovered, just over 1 billion pounds, was down 0.5% from 2017.

Non-bottle rigids

ACC also released an annual report focused on non-bottle rigid plastics. The More Recycling researchers found at least 1.3 billion pounds were recovered in 2018 for recycling, down 3% from 2017.

Of that, 1.1 billion pounds were shipped to U.S. and Canadian reclaimers, up 4% from 2017. Another 174 million pounds were exported for recycling, down 35% from 2017.

The data for both reports came from surveys of North American plastics recycling stakeholders.

More stories about research