Plastics are valuable materials that should be recycled.
For decades, plastic resins have been used to make bottles, jugs, containers, closures and other consumer packaging.
Valued for their light weight and durability, plastic products and packages help promote energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve resources.
Plastics often enable manufacturers to ship more product with less packaging. This light-weighting process can boost the environmental and economic efficiency of consumer product packaging. A recent study, “Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States and Canada,” has determined that six major types of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging alternatives.
And in many cases, we can enhance plastics’ environmental benefits by remembering to recycle after use. Plastic recycling rates are growing faster than ever. Bottles remain one of the most readily recycled plastics, but a growing number of communities collect and recycle other rigid plastic containers such as tubs, trays and lids. And many national grocery and retail chains now invite consumers to return used plastic bags for recycling.
- Plastic Bottles
- Plastic Film
- Rigid Plastics
- Other Plastics