The Countrywide Affiliation for PET ContainerResources (NAPCOR) and The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) have launched their “Report on Postconsumer PET ContainerRecycling Action in 2014.” The report cites a 2014 U.S. recyclingrate of 31% for PET plastic bottles. The 2014 rateis constant with that of 2013, reflecting year-more than-yr will increase in bothU.S. PET bottle assortment volumes and in complete quantity of PET resin utilized inU.S. PET bottle manufacturing. Gross exports of PET fell once more in 2014, continuinga 5-yr craze, although complete lbs of recycled PET used indomesticend-use marketplaces elevated to the maximum stage noticed to day.
“Wecontinue to see strong domestic demand for recycled PET in fiber, sheet,bottles, and other stop industry sectors, with more than 773 million kilos ofclean, processed, recycled material closing the loop by likely back into theproduction of PET bottles and packaging,” states Tom Busard, NAPCORChairman,ChiefProcurement Officer for Plastipak Packaging, Inc., and President of Clear Tech,Plastipak’s recycling affiliate. “Despite some extremely realchallenges in 2014, such as reduced oil rates and risky markets, the NorthAmerican PET reclamation market continues to process and market more materialthan at any time prior to. Brand companies,retailers, and solution and packagedesigners continue to seek out out recycledPET’s preferred environmental footprint.”
Whole quantity of PET bottlescollected increased to 1,812 million pounds in 2014, although the quantity of PETbottles in the market and probably obtainable for recycling elevated to5,849 million lbs. PET bottle balespurchased by export marketplaces in 2014 wereat their lowest stage because 2004, down yet another fourteen% from the significantreductions documented in 2013. Exported content represented 23% of totalpostconsumer PET volumes collected in2014—the cheapest percentage of domesticmaterial obtained by exporters given that that documented in 2000. Total domesticend-use of recycled PET improved from one,513 million kilos in 2013 to 1,564million kilos in 2014—a recordhigh—with considerable gains in fiber andsheet finish-use marketplace groups. This year’s volumes continue the steadyyear-more than-12 months raises in use of recycled PET by domestic stop marketplaces, and avirtual tripling of the 552 millionpounds utilized just over a ten years back.
“This studies shows a domestic PETrecycling infrastructure that is sourcing components creatively to fillexpanding finish-industry needs, via domestic, non-bottle and importedpostconsumer PET suppliers,” states Scott Saunders,APR Chairman and GeneralManager, KW Plastics Recycling Division. “While the business nonetheless struggleswith persistent concerns like bad bale high quality, it is resilient and sturdy, andcontinues to help substantial domestic jobs andeconomic action.”
Both NAPCORand the APR carry on to function to address the industry’s ongoing problems, withparticular focus on how to maximize the capture of PET from the waste stream,minimize non-PET contamination in recycling streams,and motivate recognition andunderstanding of “design for recyclability” ideas. This is the tenth yearthat NAPCOR and the APR have partnered to generate this report and the twentiethyear that it is been issued by NAPCORin its current format.