Recycling Trendsin the marketplace

The numbers don’t lie; plastic bag and film recycling in the United States continues to grow with the help of the store takeback program. Returning your bags and other film products can help ensure these rates increase while helping contribute to a circular economy.

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U.S. Post-consumer Plastic Recycling Data Report

In 2021, over 1.1 billion pounds of plastic film were collected for recycling. Of that total, over 264 million pounds of plastic retail bags and film were collected through the store takeback program, a 7.9% increase from the year prior. This recycling value chain supports jobs throughout North America as more than 88 percent of these materials are claimed by U.S. and Canadian processors.

1,106.2 million

pounds of total plastic film recovered for recycling

88.8% of PE

retail bags and film recovered by North American processors

264.2 million

pounds of PE retail bags and film recycled

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ABOUT ARPBA

The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA) represents America's plastic bag manufacturers and recyclers. Founded in 2005, the ARPBA promotes the sustainable use, reuse and recycling of its products, advocates for sustainable, fact-based public policy and fights against taxes and bans that increase costs for stores and prices for shoppers.