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PET recycling rate is growing in Europe

July 18/2012

(Plasteurope) -- Following a year-on-year gain of 6.5% last year European post-sorting PET collection grew by 140,000 t (equivalent to 5.6 bn bottles) in 2011, reaching almost 1.6m t in total. In percentage terms, the annual increase reached 9.4%, with a record 51% of all PET bottles in the market collected.

The overall EU 27 collection growth rate remained stable at 2%. PET recyclers are still able to absorb larger numbers of PET for reprocessing.

According to Casper van den Dungen, chairman of EuPR"s PET working group, "Capacity utilisation of our recycle plants is only 77% at present. This provides the challenge for municipalities, other collectors and industry to increase the current collection rate even further to load the recycling facilities already in place."

Exports of PET bales to the Far East claim that, in terms of end use, more than 50% of the resulting PET went towards containers for sheet or new packaging applications (divided evenly among bottles and jars as well as sheet and other thermoformed containers), while fibres accounted for 39% of PET flake. About 9% of recycled PET was used to make new plastic strapping tape.

As MRC report earlier, PET recycling industry is also growing in Ukraine. Thus, "Ukrenergoresyrsy" launches a new technological line for PET-bottle recycling in Khmelnitskaya region. PET bottles will be processed into PET flakes, "A" class.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PET, bottles others, PET bottles.
Category:General News
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