Recycling is Real

It’s undeniable that recycling is not only real, but feasible and economical, from shredding the old material to extruding the new material, from making the equipment that makes it possible to design safe new ways to put more recycled content into products.

America recycles over 6 billion pounds of plastic every year.

Recycling is Real – see for yourself. The incredible effort being undertaken by thousands of hardworking people across North America is a vital part a our sustainable future.

Placing something in a blue or green bin for recycling is only the beginning of an involved process that turns plastic waste into usable materials and products all over again. Recycling means taking collected material and creating another usable product – reducing reliance on new plastic and keeping valuable material from entering a landfill, out of our environment and in the economy.

Plastic is Recycled Across the US

Since 2017, the industry has invested or made commitments to invest over 8 billion dollars in recycling capabilities and technology. Companies are committed to reprocessing plastic material and making it usable again. The interactive map below shows you the exciting stories in your state about investment and growth in recycling capabilities.


The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), on behalf of the entire plastics industry supply chain, is committed to sustainability and ensuring plastic material remains in our circular economy, and out of the environment. Recycling is an integral part of achieving this goal.

Recently, recycling has come under attack by those who wish to reduce or eliminate the production of plastic altogether. They say things like, “plastic recycling is a myth,” they block compromise legislation and even tell people not to bother recycling. That is not environmentalism and its why the industry launched Recycling is Real.

Recycling is Real has created content to reinforce confidence in recycling and its critical role in the circular economy. Through videos and illustrative examples, the Recycling is Real campaign was developed to show how recycling happens, where it happens and introduce the people who make it happen. Recycling is Real will continue to feature recycling videos and information on a regular basis.


Madison, WI


Portland, PA


North Vernon, IN

MAAG Group

Eagle Rock, VA


Wytheville, VA

Niagara Bottling

Rialto, CA


Piqua, OH

Envision Plastics

Reidsville, NC