PET plastics are probably used in your everyday lives, and you may not even realize it.
PET is short for polyethylene terephthalate. It is widely known as the clear plastic that is used as liquid containers. In its raw material, PET is best known around the world for being a non-toxic and safe, durable but flexible and a lightweight material that is very recyclable. It is a plastic that is most around the world. In fact, most of the recycling programs in the United States accept PET packaging and recycling it as well.
If you don’t start recycling PET, it will pile up like damaged cars in a junkyard. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen since, like PET, cars are the most recycled consumer product in the United States with almost 100 percent of cars getting recycled. The car recycling industry in the US is a market-driven industry that has an annual sale of $32 billion and it employees of more than a hundred thousand with over nine thousand locations all over the country.
Junk automobiles can be traded at a car dealership or a scrap auto business. Eventually, these junk cars will end up in an auto recycling facility. All the reusable car parts are removed as well as the mercury switches and car fluids for an environmentally responsible recycling.
The remaining bulk of the car is shredded and ripped to small sizes of nonferrous, steel, metal, and fluffs. The iron and steel are recycled, and the metal scrap is transported to steel mills to be produced to new steel. Other metal scraps go to scrap brokers or other secondary processors as well.
Like the junk cars, PET can be recycled. And, like the United States, other countries are also recycling PET. In the Netherlands, almost ten percent of households throw away PET trays, and it is steadily increasing. Due to this observation, a new and modernized facility is being built by the 4Pet Recycling that aims to process PET trays and turn it into food-grade trays.
If you don’t know how to identify if the plastic is PET, you can check if there is a symbol with a number one in the middle of a triangle made with three arrows chasing each at the back or the bottom of a container.
For many years PET recycling has only been limited to bottle to bottle. However, with the new closed-loop recycling solution, the facility will be able to recycle PET trays without hurting its quality. Tray to tray is an important step in imporving the recycling of raw materials.
When you recycle trays, you must first rinse out the food packaging since leftover food residue will contaminate other recyclables. If there are film lids, absorbent pads and labels you can leave it on but make sure that the plastic film should be removed.
Recycling PET is a safe option and will help the environment reduce landfill space and save our energy and resources.
One of PET’s notable qualities is that it is very recyclable. PET can repeatedly be recycled by washing and remelting to be used for new PET products. It can also be chemically broken down into its raw materials. These are then purified and converted to new PET.
PETs that are deemed unsuitable for recycling because its too dirty or contaminated can go through thermal recycling. Unsuitable PETs can be efficiently and safely recycled by burning it as an energy source.
Since PET is recyclable and it can be used in a variety of ways, the business of PET recycling is limited since the amount being recycled is dependent on the materials being collected from recycling facilities and consumers.
To promote the recycling of PET trays, do not throw it away. Use the recycling bin so it can easily be collected. Even if PET is recyclable, it won’t be useful if the community doesn’t step up and help with the recycling. It would be unfortunate for the environment to let most of the PET products to go to waste. Recycling these PET products are simple and can be done by anyone. It is also the environmental responsibility of the people to help sustain the future by starting now.