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.
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.
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.