MOSCOW (MRC) - According to Freedonia Group's report, demand for recycled plastics in the U.S. will grow by 6.5%in the next four years, while the overall level of processing of polymers will still remain low - less than 7%, reports unipack.
Demand for the recycled plastic in 2016 will reach 3.5 billion pounds. As reported by Freedonia Group, the main drivers of the growth are the development of technologies in recycling, which will allow to increase the amount of plastic that can be processed into high-quality products; improving of the waste collection infrastructure, the pursuit of sustainability among the producers of packaging and consumer goods, as well as continued support from the federal and local governments.
It is expected that by 2016 packaging wil havel remained the main market for recycled plastics, and the basic material for recycling will be bottles. They account for more than half of all plastic collected in 2016.
Freedonia Group states in its report that only half of all plastic collected for recycling, is used for the production of new goods. In 2011, PET and HDPE were the main recycled materials, out of which new products (70% of all the polymers) were produced.
Processing of plastic wastes is growing in Russia and Ukraine. Thus, the company Polymer-vector (Kemerovo), engaged in the processing of chemically contaminated plastic wastes, is going to double its processing capacities in 2013 - up to 1.2 tonnes of plastic wastes and to increase the production of special granules up to 80 tonnes per month to be used for the production of plastic containers, paving and curbs, polypropylene (PP) tape (analogue of metal packing tape), as MRC reported previously. Also, a new plant for the advanced processing of plastic wastes into wood-polymer products was launched in Divnogorsk.
In Ukranie, in late November, GP "Ukrekoresursy" started up a new line for recycling polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE) and polypropylene (PP) wastes into granules in Poltava, Ukraine. Also,in July 2012, the company launched a production line for processing plastic bottles into PET flakes, class "A", in the Khmelnitsky region.