European plastics reclaimers look to PET trays as new market

European plastics reclaimers look to PET trays as new market

By Editorial Staff, Plastics Recycling Update

May 15, 2014

A key European recycling industry group is developing guidelines to help nurture the recovery of a new recyclable.

About 1.4 billion pounds per year of PET is used to make PET trays. However, their shape and the type of PET used to make trays raises recycling processing and reclamation problems. For instance, some trays are made from unique, multi-layer compositions.

Still, the recovery of trays offers a special opportunity for European reclaimers to push recycling levels higher. To do this, Plastics Recyclers Europe, an 18-year-old pan-European alliance of 110 firms, is developing recycling guidelines for PET trays in order to assess the recyclability of various types of trays. In addition, the group is preparing similar guidelines for trays made from other resins.

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