APLA '11: Interest in recycled PET rises in Argentina

07 November 2011 01:17  [Source: ICIS news]

BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Argentina aims to increase the nation's use of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to save money on raw materials and to help the environment, an industry source said on Sunday.

As part of this trend, the country has prohibited people from sifting through trash dumps to pick out bottles to recycle, the source said on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.

Instead, collectors either stop door to door at houses or at stores, where they pick up the bottles and bring them to recyclers, the source said.

Because of ecological concerns, Argentina is producing thicker gauge soft-drink bottles, which are returnable and can be reused, as is the case with glass bottles, according to the source.

The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.

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By: Ron Coifman
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