More PET waste recycled in the US, less exported to China

14 March 2013 02:08  [Source: ICIS news]

MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--Greater volumes of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste are being recycled in the US and less is being exported to China, Carlos Lotero, Houston operations manager with Custom Polymers, said on Wednesday.

In 2005 the US exported more than 60% of its PET waste to China, but currently less than 40% is going to China, Lotero said on the sidelines of the 18th annual Plastimagen international plastics exposition and conference.

The US recycles about 50% of post-consumer PET waste, while in Mexico the rate is 70%, Lotero said.

PET waste collection in the US is on a curbside basis, while in Latin America, collection is mostly from landfills.

The largest consumer of recycled PET is the textile industry with 60-70%. The bottle sector follows with about 20%. The balance goes to strapping, filaments, brooms, brushes and miscellaneous items, according to Lotero.

Plastimagen ends on Friday.

By: Ron Coifman
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