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End Market Demand Study

As the amount of plastics available in the waste stream continues to evolve and grow, the recycling industry must do the same.

– By Nina Butler, Moore Recycling Associates

Please note: ISRI is working with Moore Recycling Associates to help increase the outreach of their End Market Demand Study. If you are interested in more information, please contact
Jonathan Levy, director of member services at (202) 662-8530.

Much effort has gone into addressing the challenges in efficient collection, consolidation, processing, and consumer awareness, but end use demand is a fundamental part of the recycling equation and also needs attention. Beyond growing the supply of good quality plastics, demand is essential for growth in plastics recycling. Viable markets create the value proposition for haulers, commercial generators, MRFs, and reclaimers to invest in better processing technology. Such investments can make recycling more efficient and therefore more cost-effective. 

Moore Recycling is launching the End Market Demand Study (EMD Study) at the start of February to better understand the supply and demand ratio for scrap plastic. The EMD Study will gather information on the depth and breadth of the post-consumer resin (PCR) market in the U.S. and Canada.

The goal of the study is to collect high quality data on the quantity of demand, quality requirements, and barriers to using PCR for PE, PP, PS, PET, and PVC. Companies from diverse industries and from across the value chain will be brought together to create a high fidelity picture of the market.

We are looking for ISRI members to participate in the survey and also to spread the word to other stakeholders about it. By participating, you’ll gain access to final report when it is released. Please complete the survey by February 15, 2017.

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