Recycled polyethylene terephthalate markets remain complex. Increasing consumer demand, developments on regulation and ambitious targets, are just some of the challenges that put enormous pressure on industry participants. How do you ensure you have the most relevant, trusted information, exactly when you need it to navigate uncertainty and optimise sourcing strategies?
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Updated to Q4 2020
Post-consumer bottle availability became seasonally tight as bottled drink consumption dropped during the colder months and lockdowns saw reduced consumption from the hospitality and tourism sectors. However, weak Q3 demand and substitution to cheaper virgin PET saw good availability of bottles and flakes into Q4, while food-grade pellets remained structurally short.
Demand for R-PET picked up from the second half of November which came as a surprise to many in the market. Reasons for the increased interest in R-PET included the growing number of pledges from beverage brands to use 100% R-PET from 2021, consumer pressure to increase recyclate in the sheet sector and the €800/tonne EU charge on non-recycled plastic packaging waste which came into effect on 1 January 2021.
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Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) can be used to make many products including fibre for polyester carpet; fabrics for T-shirts, long underwear, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery and sweaters
Recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) can be used to make many products including fibre for polyester carpet; fabrics for T-shirts, long underwear, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery and sweaters; fiberfill for sleeping bags and winter coats; industrial strapping, sheet and film; automotive parts, such as luggage racks, headliners, fuse boxes, bumpers, grilles and door panels; as well as new PET containers for both food and non-food products.
RPET has been largely consumed by the fibre industry as it is sensitive to thermal degradation as well as degradation from contaminants such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Degraded RPET is not suitable for bottle to bottle, strapping and sheet extrusion applications which demand high quality RPET in order retain the PET properties of stability and pressure-resistance.
The level of recycling and availability of RPET differs greatly by country. In Europe, Germany leads the pack and recycles around 50% of its PET. Other countries such as France, UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy have also been active in recycling.
The ‘Introduction to Plastics Recycling’ training course will focus on the fundamental concepts of plastics recycling starting from waste management which is a key enabler of success for the industry all the way to defining different production routes to the new use.