In 2012, nearly 1.02 billion pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were recycled nationwide – triple the amount recycled in 2007. Today, over 60% of people in the U.S. have access to non-bottle rigid container recycling.
Plastic bags and plastic wraps make up the category “plastic film.” This includes everything from grocery and bread bags to shrink wrap and paper towel film. In 2012, the recycling of post-consumer plastic film surpassed one billion pounds – up 56% since 2005.
Plastic bottles are the most commonly-recycled household plastics. One report, "Plastics Recycling Collection: National Reach Study" found that 94% of Americans have access to plastic bottle recycling. In 2012, plastic bottle recycling reached nearly 2.8 billion pounds, a 30.5 recovery rate.