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European PET Plastics Cyclic Utilization Have Great Potential

Jan 16, 2018

1. Not fully demonstrated recycling capacity

In the 3.147 million tons of PET plastic bottles and containers put into the European market in 2016, the recovery rate reached 59.8% (about 1,881,900 tons), of which 1.7732 million tons were recycled. The Petcore Europe trade group commissioned PCI Wood Mackenzie to come to this conclusion for the 2016 Western European PET Recycling Survey.

The results showed that the recovery rate increased by 7.4%, while the recycling rate also increased by about 7.3%. Compared with 2014, the amount recovered in 2016 increased by 129,400 tons, and the number of recycled PETs also increased by about 120,000 tons. Paola Arlotti, president of Petcore Europe, said: "Although the collection and recycling of PET have been greatly improved, it is worth mentioning that its recycling capacity has not yet been fully demonstrated.These data provide a strong indication of PET An important role in the recycling economy and, in the light of these figures, it has reached the plastic recycling goal set by the EU. "


2.PET top five in the recovery list

The survey shows that only France, Germany and Italy, which account for 47.9% of the total recovered in the region, show a downward trend from the previous years (48.5% in 2014 and 53.3% in 2011). Now, in terms of the amount recovered, two more countries have emerged, with the top five countries in the top five: Spain and the United Kingdom, respectively. They account for a large proportion of the total number of regional recycling. Therefore, it is not surprising that plastic recycling in these five countries accounted for 70.9% of the total EU recycling.

The survey results show that the number of mineral water bottles has increased compared with previous years. Mineral water bottles account for about 17.3% of the total recycling, the data also show that in 2014, its share increased by 2.1%, which is its first increase in five years. Christian Crepet, executive director of Petcore Europe, said: "This is an encouraging sign for recyclers and we expect this growth to continue, but 26.4% of these bottles were recycled / Light blue bottle, 25.5% green / brown mixed color bottle, and 30.8% mixed plastic bottle of other colors are still a challenge for the recycling of PET Therefore, we believe that for those Unspecified waste streams for analysis are necessary and will also be part of Petcore Europe's 2018 survey study

3.PET bottle recycling and reuse capabilities

Compared with 2014, the PET bottle recycling volume increased by nearly 2.5%, the actual processing capacity increased by nearly 7.2%. The actual volume of PET produced was 1,773,200 tons with a nominal input volume of 2,147,600 tons. In 2016, the industry average operating rate was close to 83%, up from 79% in 2014. Christian Crepet said: "This is a positive result, especially considering all the challenges the r-PET industry is facing: lower resin feedstock prices, r-PET pricing, margins pressure, reduced package quality and increased process losses "

In 2016, r-PET's main market remained plate, with a share of 38%, followed by 26% of blow molding and 24% of fiber material. The survey concluded that only about 11% were left for packaging and other applications.

The complete survey will be presented in detail at the annual Petcore Europe conference held in Brussels from February 7 to February 2018.

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