More than half of post-consumer PET bottles collected, says Petcore

By Joe Whitworth

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More than 60 billion PET bottles recycled 2012
More than 60 billion PET bottles recycled 2012
More than 52% of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles available were collected in the EU27 countries plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey last year.

Only two members failed to achieve the EU Member States PET recycling target of 22.5% for plastics set out in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

Roberto Bertaggia, Petcore Europe chairman, said: “Despite the poor economic situation in the European region, the consumption of PET bottles is still showing clear trends of penetration into new market segments through innovative packaging and the recognised capability of PET to be recycled.”

PET is the largest plastic material recycled in Europe with the equivalent of more than 60 billion bottles recycled last year, said Petcore. 

Casper van den Dungen, PET chairman at Plastics Recyclers Europe, said: “The overall European collection of PET bottles to 1.68Mt [reflects] an increase of 5.6% compared to the previous year.”

He said the collection had helped ease overcapacity of recyclers with an average plant utilisation of 80%.

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