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 Q1 2021
Colourless R-PET flake became extremely limited during Q1 because of high demand from the virgin PET market. High PET prices and limited availability saw virgin buyers sourcing R-PET flake to make up for lost PET volumes. Post-consumer bottle availability was seasonally limited, but the extra demand put more strain on the bottle market. Mixed coloured bottles and flakes were less impacted because stocks were already high, while pellets remain structurally short.
Demand for colourless flake surged as virgin PET buyers sourced R-PET because of low PET availabilty. Demand from the sheet sector increased as buyers acknowledged growing competition for colourless flake from the bottle-to-bottle sector and sourced volumes early. New extrusion capacity started to come on-stream, adding to demand. Mixed coloured demand did not increase as much due to good stock levels; pellet demand remained high due to brand pledges and sustainability goals.
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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.
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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.