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02-18-2013

bvse: Ecological Opportunities of PET-Recycling Neglected

PET-recyclers in Germany are struggling with a difficult market as the Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse), Bonn, Germany, points out. Although in the second half of 2012 the volumes of PET-waste fell sharply, PET-bottles continued to be exported to the Far East. Europe does not sufficiently make use of the ecological advantages of PET-recycling. At the same time, the PET-recyclers in Germany are struggling with high energy costs which considerably put them at disadvantage with European and international competitors. The German EEG apportionment (EEG=Renewable Energy Law) makes production costs rise largely compared to non-German competitors.

bvse is also concerned about a backlash for the industry in Europe but especially in Germany, caused by a possible abolition of anti-dumping tariff for primary PET. By now the market for recycled PET (flakes and pellets) is already under pressure because primary PET is easily available or even oversupplied.

The collection-rate of waste PET-bottles remains at 50% of the volumes sold in Europe. More efforts must be made in order to increase the collected volumes. Germany has set a good example because the deposit system guarantees the collection of nearly all the material at better qualities than in most of the other European countries where only household collections apply. However, the German PET-recyclers are suffering from the weak European collection-rate because volumes from Germany drain away to other European countries in order to substitute missing volumes there.

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