The Recycling Process of PET Plastic Bottles: An Overview
Not all PET recycling processes are created equal. However most have similar features that are required to produce a high quality rPET flake or pellet. While most PET recycling processes produce a low IV pellet the BePET™ process produces a customiziable IV rPET flake while simultaneously decontaminating it below the current FDA guidelines for categories C through H at 100% rPET content.
The BePET™ flake decontamination process provides maximum system installed flexibility to easily move across polymer markets to adapt to changing market conditions. With the BePET™ system owner / operators have a choice of options as to how to best monetize their PET recycling operations. With a flake decontamination system the need for extrusion and pelletization is eliminated unless your customers demand the product in this final form factor.
- Option 1 the decontaminated flake from the BePET™ system can be extruded and pelletized to create FDA-grade containers.
- Option 2 recyclers can sell high quality, decontaminated flake directly to container, tire cord and industrial yarn manufacturers.
- Option 3 decontaminated flake can be blended with virgin PET pellets in ratios up to 30% to produce high quality, environmentally friendly packaging.
- Option 4, using commercially available injection molding technology, BePET™ decontaminated flake can be used directly to produce 100% recycled containers without the need for additional thermal treatment.