MILAN – Good news from America on PET recycling rates in 2014. According to the annual report of The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), the US PET container holds a recycling rate of 31%, while the use of rPET on the national market has never reached such high levels. The two associations published the “Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity in 2014” on 2014 activities. The report highlights how in 2014 recycling of plastic has again increased, following a continuously growing trend. In recent years the quantity of recycled PET has increased exponentially, enabling markets to benefit increasingly from the use of rPET, to the point of achieving historic results.
Tom Busard’s opinion
“We continue to have a strong domestic demand for recycled PET: sheets, bottles and other materials, with more than 350 million kilos of cleaned and processed plastic we continue the production cycle - says Tom Busard, president of Clean Tech -. Despite the difficult challenges that we faced in 2014, such as the low oil rates, the North American PET sector continues to transform and market more material compared to the past. Brands, retailers and product and package designers continue to prefer recycled materials, because of the environmental impact factor”. The total volume of PET bottles collected has led to the increase in economic value of up to 1,812 million pounds in 2014, while the volume of PET bottles on the market and potentially available for recycling, has increased the economic value of up to 5,849 million pounds. The domestic use of recycled PET has increased the economic value from 1,513 million pounds in 2013 to 1,564 million pounds in 2014”.
rPET to preserve the territory
All recycling technologies, which in the past years have been strengthened and developed, have enabled the market to benefit increasingly from the use of rPET, which currently represents the best option for preserving our territory. Processes which the large companies in the sector have been constantly investing in, to enable the consumer to benefit from the handiness of plastic, while not forgetting to safeguard the environment.
by editorial staff