The PET recycling story is a success story, with consumers generally very well traned to associate the "1" on the package with the thought, "This plastic can be recycled." Rarely, though, is a PET package "just" PET. Labels, closures, additives, and more can hinder recycling and even create a PR nightmare for brand owners.
Plastic Technologies Inc. (PTI; Holland, OH), which offers assistance with plastic design, development and engineering, now offers recycling stream impact testing services for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers, to include all of the components (labels, caps, adhesives and additives) that go into a complete package. The goal is to give brand owners and others an accurate picture of how a container will impact recycling streams before the container is launched into the market. PTI is one of only two U.S. companies approved by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) to provide testing services in conjunction with the organization's critical guidance documents; the other is Plastics Forming Enterprises (Manchester, NH)....