PET Monomer Recycling opens a completely new perspective on how to deal with the concerns about plastics and plastic waste, said Petcore Europe (Brussels) in announcing the launch of the program. Bringing PET bottles and food containers, as well as polyester textiles, back to their constituents—monomers or low-molecular-weight components—means endless reuse of these PET building blocks.
This is different from mechanical recycling, in which colors, additives and other polymers in multi-layer constructions impede recyclability. Monomer recycling avoids down-cycling and allows up-cycling, said Petcore Europe.
Petcore Europe, the industry organization representing the whole PET value chain, launched the Special Industry Group (SIG) to establish a strong and sustainable value chain in the development of re-using monomers from PET waste.
Christian Crépet, Executive Director of Petcore Europe, explains: “The mission of this new group is to facilitate a platform to position PET monomer recycling as a viable addition to the established mechanical recycling process, enhancing the circularity of PET.”
The SIG will use the networking and outreach of the Petcore organization to interact with legislators, regulators, NGOs and other stakeholders to ensure chemical recycling of PET is an acceptable business and fulfills the future requirements of the business environment.