Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 11, 2013

1 Min Read
PET Recycling Rate Tops 30 Percent in 2012

The recycling rate for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) topped 30 percent for the first time in 2012.

The recycling rate for the latest year totaled 30.8 percent with a record 1.72 billion pounds of postconsumer PET bottles collected, according to the latest study from the Sonoma, Calif.-based National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) and the Washington-based Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers (APR). In 2011 the recycling rate totaled 29.3 percent with 1.6 billion pounds of bottles collected.

The 2012 data in the study also show the lowest volume sold to export markets since 2005 at 34 percent.

“The increase in the PET recycling rate is clear evidence of continued strong, domestic end-market demand for recycled PET, and we believe there’s considerable scope for U.S. industry to readily absorb more recycled PET material if available,” said Tom Busard, chairman of both NAPCOR and APR, in a news release.

On the negative side, the groups acknowledged that supply of recycled PET did not keep up with demand. The also was a decline for the second straight year in the bale yield, or the amount of usable PET at the end of the reclaiming process.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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