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News - Study confirms the benefits of recycled PET and HDPE

By Holly Taylor BSc(Hons) DipCNM MBANT NTCC

A new study has been published that uses life cycle inventory data to quantify the recycling benefits of PET and HDPE packaging. Conducted by Franklin Associates and sponsored by several trade bodies and industry groups, the study measured the environmental footprint impact of collecting, sorting and recycling PET and HDPE packaging.

The results showed that the benefits of using recyclable packaging are significant, in terms of energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, recycling of all the PET containers from 2008 would require 30 million less energy units than it would take to produce an equivalent amount of new PET. This is equivalent to the annual energy use of 317,000 homes and a saving of 1.1m tons of CO2 equivalents! 

*PET = Polyethylene Terephthalate

HDPE = High Density Polyethylene 


Article References

Franklin Associates. Life cycle inventory of 100% postconsumer HDPE and PET recycled resin from postconsumer containers and packaging. 7th April 2010.

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