In my local recycling centre, they make more than 30tn of recycled materials per day. It's about 6.000.000 of bottles per day.
The main 3 challenges are:
- Non-PET materials are not recycled in this plant.
- The caps are sold to another company, as they are HDPE, that is a good material to recycle, but not in the local factory.
- Tags are usually made by another type of plastics (PVC or paper for example) and with a strong glue, what makes very difficult to quit them and recycle the bottle.
A GOOD AND BAD EXAMPLE:
In this case, the bottle and the cap are 100% PET. This would be very easy to recycle, excepting on the sticker tag, because it uses a very strong glue that makes it hard to recycle.
From all the bottles that arrive at this plant, they get recycled grit that is used as a raw material to make plastic again.
How can be 100% recycled and reintroduced into the cycle? If the bottles were 100% pet, including cap and sticker tag, it would be easy to recycle.