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Life Cycle Inventory Resources

Click on the links below to view or download PDF files of PET life cycle reports and related summaries. 

Life Cycle Inventory, Postconsumer PET and HDPE
Full report
A 2010 study conducted by Franklin Associates, Ltd. examined the energy requirements, solid waste generation, and atmospheric and waterborne emissions for the processes involved in collecting and sorting postconsumer PET and HDPE packaging and reprocessing them into clean resin.

Life Cycle Inventory, Postconsumer PET and HDPE
One-page summary & graphs
In this summary of Franklin Associates' LCI report, we present some simple comparisons of the impacts of virgin PET and rPET. The charts illustrate the greater energy and GHG savings that accompany higher percentages of recycled PET content.

Recycling PET has an impact´┐Ż
on GHGs, energy and jobs
We used EPA's Waste Reduction Model to calculate the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption that result from reclaiming PET instead of throwing it away. Other sources provide information on the economic impacts, including job creation.

last updated 7/12/13

News & Events
December 5, 2016
Link to 2-minute "Your Bottle Means Jobs" Video
December 5, 2016
New Video Highlights Job Creation Through Plastic Bottle Recycling (link to full press release)
November 2016
Going Beyond Collection: NAPCOR looks at PET thermoform recycling opportunities and challenges in November issue of "Plastics Recycling Update"
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A guide to setting up PET recycling programs outside of the conventional curbside and drop-off programs.
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