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Amber PET Bottles: Recycling Challenges and Opportunities


The use of poly polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for packaging has seen tremendous growth that can be attributed to the material’s ability to offer light weighting options, unique container designs, clarity, long shelf life (using special additives and/ or multilayer structures) and recyclability. But unfortunately, only non-colored and lightly-tinted blue PET bottles offer reclaimers a high value in today’s recycle market. This is because colored PET bottles have limitations for their reuse and therefore a much lower value.

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