Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Demand For Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Is Rising

Anti-plastics activists believe that there is little demand for post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. They say that recycling plastics isn’t profitable enough to be viable. They will tell you plastic products such as plastic shopping bags are too costly when PCR is used. They say and write these things as if they were facts. They are not, and the facts are often quite the opposite.

By contrast, the Cleveland-based market research firm Freedonia Group is reality-based, and its recently released Plastics Recycling study, which forecasts U.S. demand for PCR out to 2016 and 2021, reports that U.S. PCR demand will grow 6.5% per year on average from 2011 to 2016.

Please note this difference: Freedonia says the average annual increase in demand for PCR plastic from 2006 to 2011 was only 1.3% — much lower than the annual 6.5% growth forecast for the years 2011 to 2016.

Looked at another way, demand for PCR in 2011 was 2.52 billion pounds. Freedonia says it will be 3.45 billion pounds in 2016.

Would you consider that “little demand” for PCR plastic? The growth in the number of recycling firms and facilities indicates that their answer is a definite no. The demand is there, and it is rising.

Thanks go to the editors of Packaging Digest for the clear description of the Freedonia study I found on their website. You can read it here.

Complete details on the Freedonia report will be found on the firm’s website. Clicking the ‘Brochure’ tab on the page describing the

Plastics Recycling report allows you

to download a summary of the report contents.

As a favor, should you come across any comparable detailed information, research or scientific studies from anti-plastics activists, would you please share it with me? Thanks.

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