10 October 2013 23:03 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US has a supply chain clogged with dirty material, a west coast producer of US recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) said Thursday.
Responding to the annual R-PET recycling report issued this week by the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), the source said that R-PET producers both around the country and in California struggle with finding clean material.
California generally has a higher recycling rate than the rest of the country.
“There’s a high recycling rate in California, but there are also a lot of contaminated bottles,” the source said.
Contaminated material has not been washed properly and often contains food or other residue.
Among the findings in the NAPCOR report, the survey found that overall R-PET recycling rates inched up in 2012, to 30.8% from 29.3% in 2011.
The survey also found that, despite increases in the R-PET production infrastructure, many plants are only operating at a capacity of 63%. In contrast, European plants are operating at about 80%.
The R-PET producer was not surprised that plants were running at such a low rate.
“People are buying all of this equipment and capital investment to start a washing company, and they get out there and see that there’s not enough material to go around,” the source said. “There’s potential in the market, but, we have to fix the contamination problem. That will help with the supply."?xml:namespace>
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