SPI, NAPCOR work to tackle PET thermoforming recycling

07/12/2012

PET thermoforming is a fast growing segment in the packaging market, but is slowed down by a number of obstacles when it comes to recycling.

Labeled with the #1 resin code, PET thermoformed plastic containers include clamshells, cups, trays, boxes and lids often used to package fresh fruits and vegetables, bakery items, prepared foods and salads, and deli items.

One of the main hurdles in recycling PET thermoformed packaging is the amount and type of adhesive labels used. Oftentimes these labels applied to the container are adhered so strongly that they can't be removed from the plastic and therefore the container is not recycled.
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