Design phase: recycle analysis
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is 100% recyclable. Already during the product’s design process, we start discussing aspects of recycling with the customer. We ask customers if they want to process recycled materials in their PET bottles and jars and we want to know what happens to the PET packaging after use. Also, what is the required minimum weight and what is the desired maximum weight? Based on this, we will determine, in cooperation with the customer, the design and choice of materials.
Manufacturing: recycling waste
During the manufacturing process, any PET waste is carefully collected and re-processed. The manufacturing process inevitably produces waste: For instance, there are start-up and material losses during colour changes. During the manufacturing process, we also consider the responsible use of PET packaging. We grind the waste and “upgrade” it to PET granulate, the feedstock for starting production of new PET products. PET Power ensures the quality of feedstock, by which it distinguishes itself from its competitors.
COLLECTION AND PROCESSING
After use by the consumer, the material can be re-used in the production of new PET packaging and other industrial applications. Once PET is re-used and processed again, it may be called RPET or PCR: Post Consumer Recycled PET. Re-use is possible in two different ways:
- to make new PET bottles and jars;
- to use in, for example, textile fibres, furniture, shopping bags or isolation-material.
Customers can choose between bottles made from 100% new PET, 100% recycled PET, or a combination.
If you want to know more about the composition and production of PET and/or PET recycling, do not hesitate to contact Raoul Gabriëls at the Business Development & Technology Department. You can email him at ue.rewoptep@gar.