PET is...
A strong but lightweight form of polyester used for soft drink bottles, liquor bottles, and other food and non-food containers.

is the code that helps consumers identify a PET plastic container. Look for the code near or at the bottom of a PET container.

Recycled PET is used to make...

PET Flake
PET Resin

New soft drink or other containers, fiberfill, carpet fibers, industrial strapping, and more than 57 other consumer items.


The total amount, by weight, of postconsumer PET bottles collected for recycling and sold in the United States in 2013 was 1,798 million pounds. The breakdown of this total, by purchaser, is as follows:

TABLE 1: Recycling Rate Numerator

 1,328.8        Purchased by U.S. Reclaimers

   456.4         Purchased by Export Markets

     12.5         PET bottle component of mixed bales exported

1,797.7       Total Postconsumer Bottles (MMlbs)


This represents an 80 million pound increase in total volume of bottles collected over 2012, resulting in a slight increase in the overall PET bottle recycling rate to 31.2 percent.


Total U.S. Bottles Collected and Sold for Recycling = 1,798 MMlbs = 31.2%

Total U.S. Bottles Available for Recycling = 5,764 MMlbs


            TABLE 2:  Gross Recycling Rates, 2003 - 2013

Year      Total U.S.Bottles            Bottles on                    Gross
              Collected(MMlbs)          U.S. Shelves(MMlbs)    Recycling Rate

2003                841                          4,292                            19.6%

2004                1,003                       4,637                            21.6%

2005                1,170                       5,075                            23.1%

2006                1,272                       5,424                            23.5%

2007                1,396                       5,683                            24.6%

2008                1,451                       5,366                            27.0%

2009                1,444                       5,149                            28.0%

2010                1,557                       5,350                            29.1%

2011                1,604                       5,478                            29.3%

2012                1,718                       5,586                            30.8%

2013                1,798                       5,764                            31.2%

PET Requires less energy to make & Creates less Waste than either Aluminum or Glass Containers...

A study conducted by national waste experts, Franklin Assoc. Ltd., found that even including the petroleum used to make the original product – PET is more energy efficient and less wasteful than either aluminum or glass.

The PET Industry is represented by its own national trade association – The National Association for Plastic Container Recovery (NAPCOR), which assists communities nationwide in establishing and promoting successful recycling programs.

Source: NAPCOR