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Gains will be driven in part by a growing emphasis on sustainability among packaging and consumer product manufacturers, and advancements in processing and sorting technologies.

US demand to rise 6.5% annually through 2016

US demand for post-consumer recycled plastic is forecast to rise 6.5 percent per year to 3.5 billion pounds in 2016. Gains will be driven by a number of factors, including a growing emphasis on sustainability among packaging and consumer product manufacturers, advancements in processing and sorting technologies allowing a wider variety of plastic to be recycled into high quality resins, and an improved collection infrastructure which raises the plastic recycling rate.

Continued support by federal, state, and local governments for recycling efforts will also provide a significant boost to recycled plastic collection, processing, and demand. However, the overall rate of plastic recycling in the US will remain relatively low, since only about half of the plastic collected for recycling makes its way to manufactured products in the US market.

Bottles to remain leading source of recycling plastic

Bottles will remain the leading source of plastic for recycling, accounting for over half of all plastic collected in 2016. The well-established collection infrastructure, including deposit laws in several states, makes bottles one of the most widely recycled plastic products. More rapid gains, however, are forecast for other sources, particularly rigid plastics, film, and carpet. The recycling industry has put significant efforts into increasing the collection of rigid plastic, including thermoformed packaging and bulk containers, particularly at the commercial level. Bag and film recycling will also be bolstered by private sector collection initiatives, as these are a key source of raw materials for plastic bag and woodplastic composite producers.

Recycled PET products to see good growth, while HDPE gains will be subpar

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) were the two leading resins used in recycled plastic products in 2011, accounting for over 70 percent of demand. While PET will see above average gains in demand, fueled by rising recycled content in beverage bottles and thermoformed containers, subpar increases in HDPE collection will limit the availability of recycled resin.

The most rapid growth is forecast for recycled low density polyethylene, which will benefit from a rebound in the construction market. Recycled polypropylene will also see healthy gains in demand as collection volumes increase and processing techniques improve the quality of the resin. Rapid growth is expected for smaller volume resins such as nylon and polystyrene, fueled by rising collection of products such as carpet, plastic foam, and consumer electronics for recycling.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 2.5 billion pound US recycled plastics industry. It presents historical demand data for the years 2001, 2006 and 2011, and forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by source (e.g., bottles, rigid plastic and foam, bags and film, carpet and fiber), resin (e.g., PET, HDPE, LDPE, polypropylene, nylon, polystyrene), and market (e.g., packaging, construction, motor vehicles).

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 33 industry players, including KW Plastics, Clean Tech, and Trex.

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  1. Recycled Plastics

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  2. INTRODUCTION - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

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  3. Methodology & Sources of Information

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  4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

    $155.00

  5. Overview

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  6. US RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION (million pounds) 2006 - 2021

    $60.00

  7. US RECYCLED PLASTIC DEMAND (million pounds) 2006 - 2021

    $60.00

  8. MARKET ENVIRONMENT - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

    $2,130.00

  9. General

    $35.00

  10. Macroeconomic Outlook (1 of 2)

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  11. Macroeconomic Outlook (2 of 2)

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  12. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS (billion 2005 dollars) 2001 - 2021

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  13. Consumer Spending Outlook (1 of 2)

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  14. Consumer Spending Outlook (2 of 2)

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  15. PERSONAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURES (billion dollars) 2001 - 2021

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  16. Construction Industry Outlook (1 of 3)

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  17. Construction Industry Outlook (2 of 3)

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  18. Construction Industry Outlook (3 of 3)

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  19. CONSTRUCTION INDICATORS 2001 - 2021

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  20. Manufacturing Outlook (1 of 2)

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  21. Manufacturing Outlook (2 of 2)

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  22. MANUFACTURERS’ SHIPMENTS 2001 - 2021

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  23. Motor Vehicle Industry Overview (1 of 3)

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  24. Motor Vehicle Industry Overview (2 of 3)

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  25. Motor Vehicle Industry Overview (3 of 3)

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  26. MOTOR VEHICLE INDICATORS 2001 - 2021

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  27. Plastic Resin Industry Outlook (1 of 2)

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  28. Plastic Resin Industry Outlook (2 of 2)

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  29. PLASTIC RESIN SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

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  30. Plastic Packaging Industry Outlook (1 of 2)

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  31. Plastic Packaging Industry Outlook (2 of 2)

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  32. PLASTIC PACKAGING INDICATORS 2001 - 2021

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  33. Solid Waste Management Trends (1 of 2)

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  34. Solid Waste Management Trends (2 of 2)

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  35. MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT BY PROCESS (million tons) 2001 - 2021

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  36. Plastic Recycling Processes & Technology (1 of 3)

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  37. Plastic Recycling Processes & Technology (2 of 3)

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  38. Plastic Recycling Processes & Technology (3 of 3)

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  39. PLASTIC RECYCLING PROCESS FLOWCHART

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  40. Regulatory & Legislative Environment

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  41. Container Deposit Laws (1 of 2)

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  42. Container Deposit Laws (2 of 2)

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  43. Municipal Collection Infrastructure (1 of 2)

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  44. Municipal Collection Infrastructure (2 of 2)

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  45. Recycled Content Requirements & Incentives (1 of 2)

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  46. Recycled Content Requirements & Incentives (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  47. Plastic Bag & Container Regulations

    $35.00

  48. Private Sector - Labeling & Bale Standards (1 of 2)

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  49. Private Sector - Labeling & Bale Standards (2 of 2)

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  50. Private Sector - Collection Initiatives (1 of 3)

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  51. Private Sector - Collection Initiatives (2 of 3)

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  52. Private Sector - Collection Initiatives (3 of 3)

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  53. Private Sector - Extended Producer Responsibility

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  54. Recycled Plastic Pricing (1 of 2)

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  55. Recycled Plastic Pricing (2 of 2)

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  56. RECYCLED PLASTIC PRICES (dollars per pound) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  57. Historical Market Trends

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  58. RECYCLED PLASTIC MARKET, 2001 - 2011

    $60.00

  59. Foreign Trade

    $35.00

  60. RECYCLED PLASTIC TRADE (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  61. Plastic Recycling - International Activity

    $35.00

  62. RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

    $990.00

  63. Overview (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  64. Overview (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  65. RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION BY SOURCE (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  66. Plastic Bottles - Collection for Recycling

    $35.00

  67. PLASTIC BOTTLE COLLECTION FOR RECYCLING (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  68. Bottle Collection - PET (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  69. Bottle Collection - PET (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  70. Bottle Collection - HDPE

    $35.00

  71. Bottle Collection - Other Resins

    $35.00

  72. Rigid Plastic & Foam - Collection for Recycling

    $35.00

  73. RIGID PLASTIC & FOAM COLLECTION FOR RECYCLING (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  74. Rigid Plastic & Foam Collection - Packaging (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  75. Rigid Plastic & Foam Collection - Packaging (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  76. Rigid Plastic & Foam Collection - Motor Vehicles

    $35.00

  77. Rigid Plastic & Foam Collection - Other Sources

    $35.00

  78. Bags & Film - Collection for Recycling (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  79. Bags & Film - Collection for Recycling (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  80. PLASTIC BAG & FILM COLLECTION FOR RECYCLING (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  81. Carpet & Fiber - Collection for Recycling

    $35.00

  82. CARPET & FIBER PLASTIC COLLECTION FOR RECYCLING (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  83. Recycled Plastic - Processing, Yield, & Demand (1 of 2)

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  84. Recycled Plastic - Processing, Yield, & Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  85. RECYCLED PLASTIC PROCESSING & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  86. RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION, PROCESSING, & DEMAND, 2011

    $35.00

  87. RECYCLED PLASTIC RESINS - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

    $2,130.00

  88. Overview

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  89. RECYCLED PLASTIC DEMAND BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  90. RECYCLED PLASTIC RESINS: COLLECTION & DEMAND, 2011 (percent)

    $35.00

  91. Polyethylene Terephthalate - PET Resin Overview

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  92. POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  93. Recycled PET Collection & Demand

    $35.00

  94. RECYCLED PET COLLECTION & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  95. Polyethylene Terephthalate - Markets (1 of 3)

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  96. Polyethylene Terephthalate - Markets (2 of 3)

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  97. Polyethylene Terephthalate - Markets (3 of 3)

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  98. RECYCLED PET DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  99. Polyethylene Terephthalate - Producers

    $35.00

  100. High Density Polyethylene - HDPE Resin Overview

    $35.00

  101. HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  102. Recycled HDPE Collection & Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  103. Recycled HDPE Collection & Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  104. RECYCLED HDPE COLLECTION & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  105. High Density Polyethylene - Markets (1 of 2)

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  106. High Density Polyethylene - Markets (2 of 2)

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  107. RECYCLED HDPE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  108. High Density Polyethylene - Producers

    $35.00

  109. Low Density Polyethylene - LDPE/LLDPE Resin Overview

    $35.00

  110. LOW DENSITY POLYETHYLENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  111. Recycled LDPE Collection & Demand

    $35.00

  112. RECYCLED LDPE/LLDPE COLLECTION & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  113. Low Density Polyethylene - Markets & Producers

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  114. RECYCLED LDPE/LLDPE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  115. Polypropylene - Resin Overview

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  116. POLYPROPYLENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  117. Recycled Polypropylene Collection & Demand (1 of 2)

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  118. Recycled Polypropylene Collection & Demand (2 of 2)

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  119. RECYCLED POLYPROPYLENE COLLECTION & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  120. Polypropylene - Markets & Producers (1 of 2)

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  121. Polypropylene - Markets & Producers (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  122. RECYCLED POLYPROPYLENE DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  123. Nylon - Resin & Fiber Overview

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  124. NYLON RESIN & FIBER SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  125. Recycled Nylon Collection & Markets (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  126. Recycled Nylon Collection & Markets (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  127. RECYCLED NYLON COLLECTION & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  128. Polystyrene - Resin Overview

    $35.00

  129. POLYSTYRENE SUPPLY & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  130. Recycled Polystyrene Collection & Markets (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  131. Recycled Polystyrene Collection & Markets (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  132. RECYCLED POLYSTYRENE COLLECTION & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  133. Other Resins - Collection & Markets (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  134. Other Resins - Collection & Markets (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  135. OTHER RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION & DEMAND (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  136. RECYCLED PLASTIC MARKETS - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

    $1,815.00

  137. Overview

    $35.00

  138. RECYCLED PLASTIC DEMAND BY MARKET (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  139. Packaging Markets for Recycled Plastic

    $35.00

  140. PACKAGING MARKETS FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  141. Bottles - Recycled Plastic Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  142. Bottles - Recycled Plastic Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  143. BOTTLE DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY SEGMENT & RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  144. Containers - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  145. CONTAINER DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  146. Bags & Film - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  147. BAG & FILM DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  148. Strapping - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  149. STRAPPING DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  150. Other Packaging - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  151. OTHER PACKAGING DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  152. Construction Markets for Recycled Plastic

    $35.00

  153. CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT MARKETS FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  154. Carpets & Rugs - Recycled Plastic Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  155. Carpets & Rugs - Recycled Plastic Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  156. CARPET & RUG DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  157. Lumber - Recycled Plastic Demand (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  158. Lumber - Recycled Plastic Demand (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  159. LUMBER DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  160. Pipe - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  161. PIPE DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  162. Furnishings - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  163. FURNISHINGS DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  164. Other Construction Products - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  165. OTHER CONSTRUCTION DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  166. Motor Vehicle Markets for Recycled Plastic

    $35.00

  167. MOTOR VEHICLE MARKETS FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  168. Batteries - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  169. MOTOR VEHICLE BATTERY DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  170. Other Motor Vehicle Products - Recycled Plastic Demand

    $35.00

  171. OTHER MOTOR VEHICLE DEMAND FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  172. Other Markets for Recycled Plastic (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  173. Other Markets for Recycled Plastic (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  174. OTHER MARKETS FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY SEGMENT (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  175. OTHER MARKETS FOR RECYCLED PLASTIC BY RESIN (million pounds) 2001 - 2021

    $60.00

  176. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

    $660.00

  177. General

    $35.00

  178. Industry Composition (1 of 2)

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  179. Industry Composition (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  180. US RECYCLED PLASTIC SALES BY COMPANY, 2011 (million dollars)

    $60.00

  181. Market Share (1 of 3)

    $35.00

  182. Market Share (2 of 3)

    $35.00

  183. Market Share (3 of 3)

    $35.00

  184. US RECYCLED PLASTICS MARKET SHARE BY TOP COMPANIES, 2011 (percent)

    $60.00

  185. Merger & Acquisition Activity

    $35.00

  186. SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

    $60.00

  187. Marketing & Distribution (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  188. Marketing & Distribution (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  189. Competitive Strategies (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  190. Competitive Strategies (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  191. Cooperative Agreements

    $35.00

  192. SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

    $60.00

  193. PROFILES - RECYCLED PLASTICS TO 2016

    $1,330.00

  194. Company Profiles Methodology

    $35.00

  195. Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  196. Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  197. Berkshire Hathaway (Clear Path Recycling) (Evergreen Nylon Recycling)

    $35.00

  198. BioCor LLC

    $35.00

  199. CarbonLite Industries

    $35.00

  200. The Coca-Cola Company

    $35.00

  201. Coll Materials (Nicos Polymers)

    $35.00

  202. Custom Polymers

    $35.00

  203. Dart Container (Solo Cup) (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  204. Dart Container (Solo Cup) (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  205. Entropex

    $35.00

  206. Envision Plastics Industries

    $35.00

  207. Fresh Pak

    $35.00

  208. Hilex Poly Company

    $35.00

  209. Illinois Tool Works (Blue Ridge Plastics) (Signode Packaging)

    $35.00

  210. KW Plastics

    $35.00

  211. Marglen Industries

    $35.00

  212. Mohawk Industries

    $35.00

  213. MRC Polymers

    $35.00

  214. NextLife Recycling (1 of 2)

    $35.00

  215. NextLife Recycling (2 of 2)

    $35.00

  216. Omni Resource Recovery

    $35.00

  217. Parallel Products of Kentucky

    $35.00

  218. PARC Corporation

    $35.00

  219. Peninsula Plastics Recycling

    $35.00

  220. PET Processors

    $35.00

  221. Phoenix Technologies International

    $35.00

  222. Plastic Revolutions

    $35.00

  223. Plastipak Holdings (Clean Tech)

    $35.00

  224. Polychem Corporation (Evergreen Plastics)

    $35.00

  225. PolyQuest Incorporated

    $35.00

  226. Reynolds Group Holdings (Graham Packaging)

    $35.00

  227. Schupan & Sons

    $35.00

  228. Trex Company

    $35.00

  229. Wellman Plastics Recycling

    $35.00

  230. wTe Corporation (UltrePET)

    $35.00

  231. Additional Companies Mentioned in Study

    $35.00

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