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PET Bottles, how to compact & recycle

Single-use PET bottles have a significant commodity value if correctly handled. Compacting and minimizing the volume is key to unlocking their recycling potential.

To unlock the recycling potential of PET bottles, it is key to handle the bottles the correct way, minimizing the volume through compaction is a key part of this process.

Optimize handling, minimize air

Minimizing the volume of air in PET bottles is crucial for effective recycling and sustainable practices. One of the key challenges in achieving this is removing the air inside the bottles, which requires strong compacting equipment that can forcefully puncture the bottles and ensure they are tightly compacted. Mil-tek offers a range of solutions for crushing PET bottles.

Not just PET plastic

A typical PET bottle is made up of three forms of plastic: HDPE used for the hard bottle top, LDPE is used for the soft plastic label, and PET for the plastic bottle itself. All three forms of plastic are recyclable, and by compacting the bottles, it enables all three forms of plastic to be recycled.

The importance of compacting PET

Compacting the bottles is essential in making the material ready for recycling. The process of compaction removes the air, and destroys the memory of the moulded plastic. This not only makes the bottles more compact, but it also reduces the amount of space needed to store empty PET bottles. The compacted bottles can be stored inside a baler, where hundreds of bottles can be baled and transported for processing and recycling.

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