NPE ’12: More PET scrap stays in the US for recycling

03 April 2012 03:26  [Source: ICIS news]

ORLANDO, Florida (ICIS)--More of the post-consumer and post-industrial polyethylene terephthalate (PET) scrap collected in the US is staying in the country for reprocessing, an industry source said on Monday.

Less PET scrap is being exported to China and more is being recycled in the US, the source said on the sidelines of the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) 2012 at Orlando.

However, PET waste collection rates in the US remain low as compared with Europe or Canada, the source said.

US PET recyclers in the US are also importing post-consumer PET waste or partially reprocessed material from Mexico for recycling.

PET bottle manufacturers are continuing efforts to replace virgin resin with larger amounts of recycled PET because of the cost advantage of reprocessed material, the source said.

The four-day NPE is sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and ends on 5 April 2012.

By: Ron Coifman
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