Use of recycled PET rises to record level


Despite the continuing sluggish economy, the use of recycled PET in food, beverage and non-food containers is rising dramatically, as retailers and consumer product companies continue to make more commitments to packaging that uses recycled resin.

The amount of recycled PET used in food and beverage bottles jumped 44 percent in 2009 to 203 million pounds -- the first significant increase in four years and its highest level ever, according to the PET recycling report issued jointly by the National Association for PET Container Resources, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the PET Resin Association.

Similarly, although it wasn’t as large of an increase, the amount of recycled PET used in non-food packaging bottles rose 18 percent—from 55 million pounds...
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