Europe’s PET bottles and containers collection and recycling has increased significantly in recent years. Countries that fared well in PET bottle collection and recycling in Europe are – France, Germany and Italy that together represent 47.9 percent of the total volume collected in the region. Spain and UK are also making significant progress and in 2016 the five countries’ combined total share of collection stood at 70.9 percent.
In 2016, the European region collected a total of 1.880.900 tons of its 3.147.000 tons of PET bottles and containers – accounting for 59.8 percent. Of this amount that were collected - 1.773.200 tons were mechanically recycled – as per conclusions from the annual PCI Wood Mackenzie PET recycle survey for West Europe in 2016, commissioned by Petcore Europe. This marks a good progress in PET collection and recycling in Europe – as collection rate increased by 7.4 percent, while the recycling rates grew by 7.3 percent compared to 2014.
Among collected PET bottles and containers, clear bottles collections have gone up accounting for 17.3 percent of the complete stream with an increase of 2.1 percent on the 2014 share and the first increase in share in 5 years. According to Christian Crepet, Petcore Europe Executive director, “The quality of bales with additionally a total share of 26.4 percent clear/light blue bottles, 25.5 percent mixed colours including green/brown bottles, and 30.8 percent of unspecified mixed colours clearly continues to challenge the recycling industry.”
The survey also revealed that the recycled PET is mostly used in sheets – comprising 38 percent of the market, followed by blow-molding applications at 26 percent and fibers at 24 percent. The remaining around 11 percent are used for strapping and other applications.
More about PET collection and recycling in Europe will be discussed at CMT’s 19th GEPET (Greater Europe PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling)
on 11-12 April, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.
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