15 March 2013 01:26 [Source: ICIS news]
MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling efforts are less apparent in the US than in countries in Latin America, several market participants said on Thursday.
With growing interest in plastics recycling around the world, the US should increase efforts and clearly lead recycling initiatives, Harald Hoffman, managing director of Lindner Resource, said on the sidelines of the 18th annual Plastimagen international plastics exposition and conference.
Hoffman said recycling efforts are very evident in Brazil and Mexico.
Matteo Previero, production manager at Sorema, said there appears to be greater interest in recycling equipment in Mexico than in the US.
Demand for recycling equipment is strong in Brazil and Argentina, while Venezuela and Colombia are increasing recycling efforts, Previero said.
Previero remarked that Portugal's recycling rate is only 35%.
A recycling culture needs to be nurtured, with greater efforts at cleaning the material before recycling, sources said.
The population needs to be taught to recycle, according to market participants. However, interest in doing a good recycling job and obtaining a good quality product is growing, a source said.
Plastimagen ends on Friday.
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