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PET Recycling

PET is the Most Widely Recycled Plastic in the World

  • Nearly 1.8 billion pounds of PET were recycled in 2013; over 1.5 billion pounds of recycled PET material were used in U.S. and Canadian end products.
  • PET is accepted at virtually all recycling programs in the U.S.

PET Can Be Recycled Multiple Times and Used in a Variety of Products

  • Recycled PET is used for many end products including fiber, fiberfill, carpet, strapping, food and non-food bottles, and thermoformed packaging such as cups and take-out containers.
  • PET reclaimers wash, grind and further process PET containers for re-use in new products.
  • PET thermoform manufactures are using increasing amounts of recycled PET in their packaging, up to 100%. NAPCOR is actively working to overcome obstacles to the recovery and reclamation of PET thermoforms.

PET Recycling Not Only Saves Energy and Reduces Emissions, it Creates Domestic Jobs

  • For every pound of recycled PET flake used, energy use is reduced by 84%; greenhouse gas emission by 71%.
  • The recycling of all materials creates 459,131 jobs and 10.3 billion in domestic tax revenues, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries 2011 Report.
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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