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Recycled Plastics to 2016

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US demand to rise 5.9% annually through 2016
US demand for post-consumer recycled plastics is forecast to rise 5.9 percent per year to 3.4 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, and an improved collection infrastructure that 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 -- 6.5 percent of total plastic demand in 2016 -- as the industry faces a number of challenges. Recycling is minimal in several major plastic markets, including construction products, motor vehicles (other than batteries), and packaging film, due to a lack of collection capability or economical processing. Export sales (particularly to China) siphon off a substantial portion of plastic scrap, and much of what is processed domestically has high levels of contamination. As a result, only 53 percent of the plastic collected for recycling makes its way to manufactured products in the US market.

Collection of rigid plastic and film on the rise
Bottles will remain the leading source of plastic for recycling, accounting for about 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 industry collection initiatives, as these are a key source of raw materials for plastic bag and woodplastic composite producers.

LDPE to be fastest growing recycled resin
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 demand for recycled resin. The most rapid growth is forecast for low density polyethylene, which will benefit from a rebound in the construction market, as well as smaller volume resins such as polypropylene and nylon.

Packaging to remain largest recycled plastics market
Packaging will continue to be the leading market for recycled plastic in 2016, with strongest gains expected for food and beverage bottles and clamshell containers, fueled by rising production of recycled resins suitable for food contact uses. A rebound in US construction activity will drive strong demand for recycled plastics in construction product markets, particularly lumber and pipe applications. While advances in the motor vehicle market will be limited by the highly mature battery segment, use of recycled plastic in fabrics and other vehicle interior applications will increase at a robust pace.

Study coverage
This upcoming Freedonia industry study, Recycled Plastics, is priced at $5100. It presents historical demand data (2001, 2006, 2011) plus forecasts for 2016 and 2021 by source, resin and market. The study also considers market environment factors, evaluates company market share and profiles US industry competitors.

INTRODUCTION viii

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4
General 4
Macroeconomic Outlook 5
Consumer Spending Outlook 8
Construction Industry Outlook 11
Manufacturing Outlook 15
Motor Vehicle Industry Overview 19
Plastic Resin Industry Outlook 22
Plastic Packaging Industry Outlook 25
Solid Waste Management Trends 28
Plastic Recycling Processes & Technology 31
Regulatory & Legislative Environment 35
Container Deposit Laws 36
Municipal Collection Infrastructure 37
Recycled Content Requirements & Incentives 39
Plastic Bag & Container Regulations 41
Private Sector Initiatives & Issues 42
Labeling & Bale Standards 43
Collection Initiatives 45
Extended Producer Responsibility 48
Recycled Plastic Pricing 49
Historical Market Trends 52
Foreign Trade 55
International Activity 57

III. RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION 59
General 59
Bottles 62
PET 63
HDPE 65
Other 66
Rigid Plastic & Foam 67
Packaging 69
Motor Vehicles 71
Other Sources 72
Bags & Film 73
Carpet & Fiber 75
Processing, Yield, & Demand 77

IV. RECYCLED PLASTIC RESINS 81
General 81
Polyethylene Terephthalate 84
PET Resin Overview 84
Recycled PET Collection & Demand 85
Markets 88
Producers 91
High Density Polyethylene 93
HDPE Resin Overview 93
Recycled HDPE Collection & Demand 94
Markets 97
Producers 100
Low Density Polyethylene 100
LDPE/LLDPE Resin Overview 100
Recycled LDPE Collection & Demand 102
Markets & Producers 104
Polypropylene 106
Polypropylene Resin Overview 106
Recycled Polypropylene Collection & Demand 108
Markets & Producers 111
Nylon 114
Nylon Resin & Fiber Overview 114
Recycled Nylon Collection & Markets 116
Polystyrene 119
Polystyrene Resin Overview 119
Recycled Polystyrene Collection & Markets 121
Other Resins 124

V. RECYCLED PLASTIC MARKETS 128
General 128
Packaging 130
Bottles 131
Containers 134
Bags & Film 136
Strapping 138
Other Packaging 140
Construction 142
Carpets & Rugs 144
Lumber 147
Pipe 150
Furnishings 152
Other Construction 153
Motor Vehicles 155
Batteries 157
Other Motor Vehicle 158
Other Markets 160

VI. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 164
General 164
Industry Composition 164
Market Share 168
Merger & Acquisition Activity 171
Marketing & Distribution 173
Competitive Strategies 175
Cooperative Agreements 176
Company Profiles 180
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies
Incorporated 181
Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated 184
BioCor LLC 186
Blue Ridge Plastics, see Illinois Tool Works
CarbonLite Industries LLC 187
Clean Tech, see Plastipak Holdings
Clear Path Recycling, see Berkshire Hathaway
The Coca-Cola Company Incorporated 189
Coll Materials Incorporated 191
Custom Polymers Incorporated 193
Dart Container Corporation 194
Entropex 198
Envision Plastics Industries LLC 199
Evergreen Nylon Recycling, see Berkshire Hathaway
Evergreen Plastics, see Polychem
Fresh Pak Corporation 200
Hilex Poly Company LLC 201
Illinois Tool Works Incorporated 203
KW Plastics 205
Marglen Industries Incorporated 207
Mohawk Industries Incorporated 208
MRC Polymers Incorporated 209
NextLife Recycling LLC 210
Nicos Polymers Group, see Coll Materials
Omni Resource Recovery Incorporated 213
Parallel Products of Kentucky Incorporated 214
PARC Corporation 215
Peninsula Plastics Recycling Incorporated 216
PET Processors LLC 217
Phoenix Technologies International LLC 218
Plastic Revolutions Incorporated 220
Plastipak Holdings Incorporated 221
Polychem Corporation 222
PolyQuest Incorporated 223
Reynolds Group Holdings Limited 225
Schupan & Sons Incorporated 227
Signode Packaging Systems, see Illinois Tool Works
Solo Cup, see Dart Container
Trex Company Incorporated 228
UltrePET, see wTe
Wellman Plastics Recycling LLC 229
wTe Corporation 230
Additional Companies Mentioned in Study 232

LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 8
2 Personal Consumption Expenditures 11
3 Construction Indicators 15
4 Manufacturers’ Shipments 18
5 Motor Vehicle Indicators 22
6 Plastic Resin Supply & Demand 25
7 Plastic Packaging Indicators 28
8 Municipal Solid Waste Management by Process 31
9 Recycled Plastic Prices 51
10 Recycled Plastic Market, 2001-2011 54
11 Recycled Plastic Trade 57

SECTION III -- RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION
1 Recycled Plastic Collection by Source 61
2 Plastic Bottle Collection for Recycling 63
3 Rigid Plastic & Foam Collection for Recycling 69
4 Plastic Bag & Film Collection for Recycling 75
5 Carpet & Fiber Plastic Collection for Recycling 77
6 Recycled Plastic Processing & Demand 79

SECTION IV -- RECYCLED PLASTIC RESINS
1 Recycled Plastic Demand by Resin 82
2 Polyethylene Terephthalate Supply & Demand 85
3 Recycled PET Collection & Demand 87
4 Recycled PET Demand by Market 91
5 High Density Polyethylene Supply & Demand 94
6 Recycled HDPE Collection & Demand 97
7 Recycled HDPE Demand by Market 99
8 Low Density Polyethylene Supply & Demand 102
9 Recycled LDPE/LLDPE Collection & Demand 104
10 Recycled LDPE/LLDPE Demand by Market 106
11 Polypropylene Supply & Demand 108
12 Recycled Polypropylene Collection & Demand 111
13 Recycled Polypropylene Demand by Market 114
14 Nylon Resin & Fiber Supply & Demand 116
15 Recycled Nylon Collection & Demand 119
16 Polystyrene Supply & Demand 121
17 Recycled Polystyrene Collection & Demand 124
18 Other Recycled Plastic Collection & Demand 127

SECTION V -- RECYCLED PLASTIC MARKETS
1 Recycled Plastic Demand by Market 129
2 Packaging Markets for Recycled Plastic 131
3 Bottle Demand for Recycled Plastic by Segment & Resin 134
4 Container Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 136
5 Bag & Film Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 138
6 Strapping Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 140
7 Other Packaging Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 142
8 Construction Product Markets for Recycled Plastic 144
9 Carpet & Rug Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 147
10 Lumber Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 150
11 Pipe Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 152
12 Furnishings Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 153
13 Other Construction Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 155
14 Motor Vehicle Markets for Recycled Plastic 156
15 Motor Vehicle Battery Demand for Recycled Plastic 158
16 Other Motor Vehicle Demand for Recycled Plastic by Resin 160
17 Other Markets for Recycled Plastic by Segment & Resin 163

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Recycled Plastic Sales by Company, 2011 167
2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 172
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 178

LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT
1 Plastic Recycling Process Flowchart 34
2 Recycled & Plastic Resin Pricing, 2011 52
3 Recycled Plastic Market, 2001-2011 55

SECTION III -- RECYCLED PLASTIC COLLECTION
1 Recycled Plastic Collection by Source, 2011 61
2 Recycled Plastic Collection, Processing, & Demand, 2011 80

SECTION IV -- RECYCLED PLASTIC RESINS
1 Recycled Plastic Resins: Collection & Demand, 2011 83

SECTION V -- RECYCLED PLASTIC MARKETS
1 Recycled Plastic Demand by Market, 2011 129

SECTION VI -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
1 US Recycled Plastics Market Share, 2011 168

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