Plastic

The standard specialized term for plastic is PET: Polyethylene Terephthalate.

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Facts:

· Generated: 1.13 million tons or 0.54% by weight.

· 620,000 tons of soda pop jugs.

· 330,000 tons of custom jugs.

· 180,000 tons of non-bottle bundling.

· 7.2 pounds of all PET items per individual.

· 8.5 pounds of all PET items per individual.

· Nine 2-liter soda pop jugs in a pound of PET.

· Recycled: 330,000 tons for a 34.7% jug reusing rate.

· 286,000 tons for a 26% jug reusing rate in 1996.

· Other PET bundles and items are reused just negligibly.

· Recycled Content: Rare in bottles, in spite of the fact that its utilization has been affirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

· Incinerated or Landfilled: 800,000 tons or 0.53% of disposed of MSW by weight.

· Landfill Volume: 1.8 million cubic yards or 0.4% of landfilled MSW were soda bottles in 1992.

· Density: Landfilled soda pop containers weigh 355 pounds for every cubic yard.

· Whole PET jugs have a thickness of 30 to 40 pounds.

· Baled PET jugs have a thickness of 400 to 500 pounds for every cubic yard.

· Granulated PET jugs transported in a ridged compartment have a thickness of 700 to 750 pounds.

· Source Reduction: The PET soda pop jug is 28% lighter than it was 20 years back.

Sources: American Plastics Council ( Washington, D.C.)

Portrayal of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States

Estimations Standards and Reporting Guidelines,

Public Recycling Coalition (Alexandria, Va.)

Present day Plastics

Public Association for Plastic Container Recovery (Charlotte, N.C.)

Asset Recycling Scrap Specifications Circular 1997,

Establishment of Scrap Recycling Industries (Washington D.C.)

Squander Age’s Recycling Times

Squander Recyclers Council (Washington, D.C.)

For the time being, all that new limit is going generally unused, since recyclers can’t get their hands on enough containers. Jerry Powell, manager of exchange diary asset reusing, figures about portion of the business’ current limit sits inert. That is on the grounds that the greater part of the compartments actually go straight into landfills or incinerators, says Luke B. Schmidt, leader of the public relationship for plastic compartment recuperation, a gathering of PET holder recyclers. A year ago, he says, 565 million pounds of PET plastic holders were reused. In any case, the market request was 800 million pounds. We essentially are not doing what’s needed reusing to fill the interest, he says. Schmidt and others trust the ongoing run up in costs for utilized Pet containers will help the reusing exertion by boosting curbside assortment programs all through the nation. We’re paying more cash, so urban communities and states ought to understand that curbside assortments could be entirely gainful for

them. Some have. Portland Ore. Extended curbside assortment of all plastic holders in July, in huge part on the grounds that another arranging office makes assortment more plausible. However, Bruce Walker, Portland’s reusing program director, surrenders that raising Pet costs is important for the condition. Portland’s reusing exertion acquires benefits of about $160,000 every year. Regardless of whether such fortune keeps going just until the following plunge cotton gather, it’s not awful for a heap of filthy plastic.

Source: Business Week, September 11, 1995