2016 National Post-Consumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report

| February 9, 2018

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This 2016 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Report is the 12th annual report on the amount of plastic bags and film recovered in the United States (U.S.) for recycling. This research was conducted and the report finalized by More Recycling (MORE) for the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

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