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PET Recycling – Not Intended for the Family Pet

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by admin

PET recycling isn’t some method used to trade in the family kitty or doggy for a new one.  PET recycling is about turning a plastic water bottle into a new product thereby keeping it out of landfills. This is one area where consumers can make a tremendous contribution to reducing waste deposited in local landfills.

Unless you are in an industry that deals with high volumes of waste and recycling products, you probably wondered what the topic of this article referenced.  PET or PETE is an acronym for Polyethylene Terephthalate which is a polymer resin that is part of the polyester family.

Plastic water bottles are the most recognized product of PET as a consumable.  However, you can find PET used in a number of applications including synthetic fibres, food, alcoholic beverages, edible oils, detergents and pharmaceuticals.  Bottles are an easy to recognise PET product.  However, it is estimated that over 60% of the global production of PET is used in the manufacture of synthetic textiles. Bottle production accounts for about 30 percent of the PET produced.

The challenge presented by PET products, especially bottles, is that PET is inert and takes an incredibly long time to degrade.  The bottles take up a tremendous amount of space in landfills.  Crushing them reduces the volume, but doesn’t improve the time for them to disintegrate.

PET recycling centres take PET products and shred them.  Most soft drink and water PET bottles are either green or clear and are stamped with a recycling number 1 on the bottom.  These bottles are shredded and broken down into small flakes.  This material is compressed into bales which are easy to store or transport.  The plastic flakes are processed and eventually turned into new products.  One of the uses for recycled PET bottles is raw material for polyester fiber.

If you are affiliated with a company looking for innovative methods to reduce waste sent to landfills, contact us for a consultation regarding shredding and compacting solutions suitable for your business.  We offer several solutions for shredding plastics, pallets, paper and other recyclables.  PET recycling starts with Elephant’s Foot Recycling!  Contact us today to learn more. 1800 025 073

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