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Recycling PET Plastic

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a highly recyclable plastic resin and a form of polyester. It is a polymer created by the combination of two monomers: modified ethylene glycol and purified terephthalic acid. It was first synthesized in North America by Dupont chemists during the 1940s.


Labeled with the #1 code on or near the bottom of bottles and containers, PET is frequently used to package a range of products including beverages, peanut butter, bakery goods, produce, frozen foods, salad dressings, cosmetics, and household cleaners. Prized for its strength, thermo-stability, and transparency, PET is a popular choice for packaging. PET also is inexpensive, lightweight, resealable, shatter-resistant, and recyclable.


Recycled polyethylene terephthalate is known as RPET, and it is the most widely recycled plastic in the world. According to PETRA, the PET Resin Association, the U.S. recycling rate is about 31% in 2012, while it is 52% in the European Union. In 2016, the U.S. recycling rate had fallen below 29%. Almost 1.8 billion pounds of PET were recycled in 2015, used to make a variety of end products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1% of municipal solid waste in the United States is attributed to PET containers.


RPET is employed for new products such as:

  • Polyester carpet fiber

  • Fabric for T-shirts

  • Long underwear

  • Athletic shoes

  • Luggage, upholstery

  • Sweaters and fiberfill for sleeping bags and winter coats

  • Industrial strapping

  • Sheet and film

  • Automotive parts

  • New PET containers


The use of recycled PET in place of virgin resin typically results in reduced energy consumption, lower cost, and reduced environmental impact.


https://www.naraloca.com is a recycled plastic specialist that concerned about the earth and environment by promoting the use of recycled PET flakes, recycled PET chips, recycled PP & HDPE granules to various plastic and polyester manufacturers.

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