PET (Polyethylene Terephalate)

PET, is globally recognized as a safe, recyclable packaging material. Numerous tests have created a broad scientific consensus that PET is non-toxic and is a safe material for the storage of food and beverages. 

 Symbol  Type of Material Where it is Found Uses after Recycling
 


Polyethylene
Terephalate
(PET or PETE)
    ·         Soft drinks
    ·         Juices
    ·         Single serve water bottles
    ·         Beer
    ·     Vacuum formed food containers
    ·         New soft drink bottles
    ·         Polyester clothing
    ·         Sleeping bag insulation
    ·         Carpeting
    ·        Food Packaging
 


 High density 
polyethylene 
(HDPE)
    ·         Cleaning products
    ·         Industrial products
    ·         Personal care products
    ·         Garbage bags
    ·         Bottles
    ·         Grocery Bags
    ·         Bins
    ·         Plastic lumber
 



 Polyvinyl chloride 
(V or Vinyl or PVC)
    ·         Medical tubing
    ·         Construction products
    ·         Pipe
    ·         Fencing
    ·        Non-food bottles
   


 Low density 
polyethylene 
(LDPE)
    ·         Dry cleaning bags
    ·         Shopping bags
    ·         Plastic food wrap
    ·         Plastic bags    
    ·         Containers
    ·         Bottles
    ·         Tubing
 


 Polypropylene 
(PP)
    ·         Squeezable condiment bottles
    ·         Margarine containers
    ·         Food storage containers
    ·         Automotive parts
    ·        Food containers
 


 Polystyrene 
(PS)
    ·         Styrofoam containers
    ·         Disposable cutlery, cups and bowls
    ·         Take-out food containers
    ·         Cafeteria trays
    ·         Toys
    ·         Video cassettes and cases
    ·         Insulation board
 









 Other
This catch-all category contains any plastics that do not fit within the other six categories:
            ·         Polycarbonate

    o    Refillable plastic bottles

    o    Baby bottles

    o    Metal food can liners

    o    Consumer electronics

·         Biodegradable resins

    o    Food and beverage packaging

             ·        Other plastics
 


Recycling of all plastics, including PET, is an important component of sustainability and is an important step towards improving the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

The PET plastic bottle is one of the top products to recycle because they are 100% recyclable.

So then, how does PET plastic become a new product? It starts with you. Containers are disposed of by consumers for collection and recycling.

The collected PET bottles are then sent to a sorting plant where objects are separated according their material classification. Recovered PET bottles are compacted into bundles and sent to a reclaimer – the factory that turns used bottles into PET flakes.

The first thing the reclaimer has to do is de-bale the bundles and re-sort the material to make sure the final product will be as pure as possible. The de-baled bundles are then pre-washed and shredded into flakes. The flakes are again washed, dried, and then stocked for further processing.

Finally, the real recycling starts when the solid flakes, the raw material, are used to manufacture a new product. Recycled PET bottles can be turned into polyester fibers, which are used as a base for products such as fleece coats, clothing, pillows and carpets. PET is also recycled back into new, PET bottles and food trays that are convenient, safe and recyclable.