European PET bottle recycling up in 1999

Collection grows nearly 30% on 1998 level; quality of recyclate "high and improving"

The amount of PET (polyethylene teraphthalate) plastic packaging waste collected for recycling in western Europe continued to grow in 1999, according to statistics released by Petcore, an industry association set up to promote PET recycling. Petcore estimates that 219,000 tonnes of PET bottles were collected in 1999, up from 170,000 tonnes in 1998 and 84,650 in 1997 (ENDS Daily 2 March 1998). The association is projecting further growth to around 275,000 tonnes in 2000.

According to Petcore, the tonnage of PET collected for recycling in 1999 was equivalent to 4bn bottles. Association manager, Henk Hansler said that the quality of recycled PET was "still very high and improving". He noted that trials were being carried out on its re-use in food contact applications, but added that the technology was "currently expensive".

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