EUWID Recycling and Waste Management is reporting the findings of a recent study focussing on PET plastics. It will come as no surprise to anti-incineration campaigners that recycling was found to be preferable to incineration!

Recycling PET recycling is much more environmentally friendly than sending it to the incinerator with the household waste. Swiss company Carbo Tech AG came to this conclusion in a study commissioned by the Swiss PET recycling association. Although using the heat generated as a by-product during waste incineration makes a lot of sense, Carbotech’s Fredy Dinkel stressed that PET recycling produces only half the environmental effects of incineration and the production of replacement bottles. About 3 kilograms of greenhouse gasses are saved for every kilogram of PET which is recycled.

And don’t let anyone tell you that plastics cannot be economically recycled. According to LetsRecycle:

Nottingham[shire]-based recycling firm Recresco has increased the range of household plastics it can collect through its network of bring banks following increased demand for the service…The service, which councils with existing Recresco bring bank sites can introduce immediately, means that in addition to plastic bottles, plastic containers such as margarine tubs, yogurt pots, food trays and drink cups can also be collected for reprocessing. Polymer types now covered by the scheme include PET, HDPE, Polypropylene and Polystyrene.

A spokesman for Recresco said: “There is an ever increasing demand to collect an ever increasing range of plastic and this one way for councils to be able to do that. Local authorities with existing sites can now cover a wider range and it’s certainly an option for councils without the facilities in place.”

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  1. Great news about time PET plastics were recycled instead of being burnt. I think that this study should be sent to the Govenment to say to them that inicnerating plastics is wrong and that they should be recycled. But as everyone knows the Govenment will say the right things to us and it will be forgotten, the pressure should be kept up until they come round to the facts.

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