In addition to reducing waste, recycling offers significant energy savings and avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions. When comparing mechanically recycled plastic to virgin plastic, recycled PET, HDPE and PP offer a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions and energy production. The graphs below are based on data presented in the 2008 Association of Plastic Recyclers report “Life Cycle Impacts for Postconsumer Recycled Resins: PET, HDPE, and PP.” To find recycled feedstock sources, such as recycled PET, visit the Plastics Market Directory. To further improve the circular economy and stimulate demand, visit the Buy Recycled Products Directory to purchase products made with PCR.
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This article originally appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of Plastics Recycling Update. Subscribe today for access to all print content.