California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Plastics Recycling

Plastics Market Information Resources

General Information

  • The Chicago Board of Trade is a recyclables exchange dedicated to the international trade of recyclable commodities.
  • Global Recycling Network's Internet Recycling Business Center is a free-access public site dedicated to recycling-related information.
  • Recycler's World is a free worldwide information exchange for those who wish to buy, sell, or trade recyclable commodities, used materials, and collectible items. Secondary materials can be direct marketed through this free-access public site. Price information is available.

Recycling Centers/Coordinators

  • Recycling Centers. A hotline is available to help you locate a convenient recycling center. This is an automated phone system sponsored by CalEPA. Call 1-800-CLEANUP, and follow the recorded instructions. Information can also be accessed at Earth911.com.
  • Recycling Coordinators. Nearly every incorporated city in California has a recycling coordinator who should be able to assist you in identifying either markets for, or sources of, recovered plastics. The Board's recycling hotline, 1-800-553-2962, can provide you with the name and phone number of the recycling coordinator for your community.
  • California Recycling Advocacy Associations. Recycling advocacy associations actively promote the recovery and use of secondary materials. The California Resource Recovery Association, the Northern California Recycling Association, and Californians Against Waste are three leading California recycling advocacy groups.
  • California Recycled Plastics Markets. As a registered customer, you'll have access to all of California recycled plastics markets. This site was developed for the recycling industry's use and not for the general public. Its primary purpose is to connect sources of recycled plastic with buyers of recycled plastic. The site will be updated regularly to reflect changes in market and supplier information.
  • PlasticBagRecycling.org. The American Plastics Council and Moore Recycling Associates have developed a website to facilitate the recovery of clean dry grocery and retail bags and polyethylene film such as stretch wrap and shrink wrap. The website provides consumers, municipalities and businesses in California an opportunity to identify grocery stores and other recovery facility locations that collect plastic bags and film for recycling.

Trade Groups

  • The Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA), at http://www.progressivebagalliance.com/, works with policy makers, businesses, and community members to implement new ideas and improve existing programs that make a difference; helping to ensure that plastic bags are recycled, reused, and disposed of properly. PBA's website provides municipalities in California with resources to help implement curbside film diversion programs including templates for press releases, print ads, logos, PSAs, and bill stuffers.

Commodity Grade Resins

Engineering Grade Plastics

  • Society of the Plastics Engineers (SPE) is a network of plastics professionals around the world promotion the knowledge and education of plastics and polymers.
  • Vehicle Recycling Partnership (VRP) was formed by the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) to identify and pursue research and development efforts to promote the recycling of motor vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors formed USCAR to work together on shared technological and environmental concerns.
  • Advanced Recovery is a company involved in recycling scrap materials, specifically dangerous CRTs and electronic equipment.

References and Periodicals

  • The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries' Commodities Report is published 24 times a year and focuses on a single scrap commodity in each issue. The Commodities Report also provides domestic and export market analysis.
  • Modern Plastics is the global magazine of plastic processing. 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York , New York, USA, 10020-1095; (212) 512-4387.
  • Plastics News provides international information for the plastics industry.
  • Plastics Recycling Update newsletter reports extensively on market dynamics and pricing trends for plastic bottles, containers, film, carpet, etc.--PET, HDPE, PVC, PP, PS, ABS, and more. Data on export demand, reports on corporate developments of plastics recycling processors and end markets, news on legislative activities throughout North America, and details of technology initiatives are available. This newsletter is a paid subscription.
  • Resource Recycling focuses on recycling issues, production, shipment, and export data.
  • Recycler's World is a free worldwide information exchange for those who wish to buy, sell, or trade recyclable commodities, used materials, and collectible items. Secondary materials can be direct marketed through this free-access public site. Price information is available.
  • Recycling Manager publishes free-access U.S. prices and commodity market summaries. Prices are based on representative volumes delivered to consumers in each market area.
  • Waste Age publishes a number of publications that focus on the solid waste/recycling markets/industry.
Last updated: November 24, 2008
Plastic Recycling http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Plastics/
Contacts: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Plastics/Contacts.htm