A new report shows that those provinces with a deposit-return system account for the greatest percentage of recovered beverage bottles.
Commissioned by the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC), a council of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the report provides a detailed overview of plastic bottle recovery and recycling rates in Canada. Key findings from the report show that the recovery rate for plastic beverage and non-beverage bottles is 36 per cent. For beverage bottles only, the recovery rate is 48 per cent.
According to the report, the average recovery rate for beverage bottles in deposit-return programs is 75 per cent, while the average in non-deposit programs is 33 per cent. The authors of the report propose that one of the contributing factors for this could be the fact that an estimated 63 per cent of all PET beverage containers are generated “away-from-home.”
The report also highlights the fact that only 22 per cent of non-beverage PET and HDPE bottles were recovered and recycled in 2002.
The recovery rate for HDPE milk jugs varies from 38 to 63 per cent in those provinces that monitor milk jug recovery. Similarly, recovery rates for plastic motor oil bottles vary from 18 to 45 per cent in western provinces, where programs exist.
The report, entitled “An Overview of Plastic Bottle Recycling in Canada” is available free of charge and is posted under the “Reports & Technical Material” of the “Publications” section of the EPIC web site at www.plastics.ca/epic
For further information, call EPIC at 905-678-7748