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

pet recyling image 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 new soft drink or other containers, fiberfill, carpet fibers, industrial strapping, and more than 57 other consumer items.

POSTCONSUMER PET BOTTLE PURCHASES

The total amount, by weight, of post-consumer 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:

Recycling Rate Numerators

 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.

2013 GROSS RECYCLING RATE

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

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

 

Gross Recycling Rates (2003-2013)

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