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November 6, 2020 - Recycling Today, PETplanet, PETnology, Plastics Recycling Update

November 6, 2020 - Recycling Today, PETplanet, PETnology, Plastics Recycling Update APR in the News NAPCOR releases updated PET life cycle analysis and calculator

Study shows using rPET in place of vPET could achieve a 75 percent lower total energy demand.

November 6, 2020 - Recycling Today, PETplanet, PETnology, Plastics Recycling Update APR in the News NAPCOR releases updated PET life cycle analysis and calculator

NAPCOR has released an updated study titled "Cradle-To-Resin Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Resin." This study, along with the Association of Plastic Recyclers' 2018 analysis of recycled resins (both conducted by Franklin Associates) provides the data to compare energy requirements, solid waste generation and environmental emissions for the processes involved in manufacturing virgin PET material and those required to collect, sort and reprocess postconsumer PET packaging into clean recycled resin.

Using the comparative findings from these recent LCAs, NAPCOR created an infographic and calculator tool to illustrate the comparative impacts of virgin PET and rPET. A reduction of 60 percent in greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved by replacing a unit of vPET with rPET. When using rPET in place of vPET, a 75 percent lower total energy demand could be achieved, and 40 percent less energy is expended during processing and transportation, according to the study.

Read the full article from Recycling Today.

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