About 285 million kilograms of plastic material was collected for recycling across Canada in 2012, giving the year a 10 per cent jump, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) announced.
The 2012 Post Consumer Plastics Recycling in Canada Report highlights an increase in plastics recycling over each of the last three years.
“We continue to work with our members to build and grow our national recycling industry in Canada, reusing valuable plastic materials and creating jobs,” said Carol Hochu, president and CEO of CPIA, in a March 20, 2014 statement.
The non-bottle rigid plastic category showed the most growth, reaching 35.6 million kilograms for a 29 per cent increase.
Plastic bottles continue to make up the majority of the recycled plastic.
The plastic recycled quantities reported for 2012 by Moore and Associates Inc. compared to 2011 represent an increase of three per cent for bottles (for a total of 174.7 million kilograms), an increase of 18 per cent for plastic bags and outer wrap (for a total of almost 44 million kilograms) and an increase of 24 per cent for polystyrene foam (for a total of 926,000 kilograms).
The results are derived from an extensive survey of companies that handle recycled plastics in North America. These companies are made up of manufacturers, re-claimers, exporters, brokers and material recovery facilities.
For more information and resources on increasing plastics recycling, please visit: www.plastics.ca/recycling.