WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today released the following statement regarding the New York City Department of Sanitation announcement of an expanded plastics recycling initiative:
"The American Chemistry Council commends the new plastics recycling initiative announced today in New York City, which reflects a growing trend of cities and communities across the country expanding the collection of these types of containers.
"Recycling of rigid plastics has nearly tripled since 2007, and the percentage of community recycling programs collecting this material for recycling has surged to over 57% today from only 40% in 2011.
"This expansion of plastics recycling in New York and around the nation highlights the opportunities that exist today and in the future to recycle materials that haven't traditionally been included in municipal recycling programs, such as foodservice packaging. Although recycling any type of foodservice has its challenges, leading cities are increasingly collecting polystyrene foam foodservice for recycling. We look forward to continuing our conversations with New York City to expand on today's announcement and develop a polystyrene foam recycling program to ensure our environment, businesses and manufacturers are protected."
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $760 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the largest exporting sector in the U.S., accounting for 12 percent of U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation's critical infrastructure.
SOURCE American Chemistry Council