Coca Cola Enterprises has announced they are opening a mass full scale PET recycling plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
What is PET? It is the plastic that Coke cans and Coke bottles are made of. Essentially the plan is to collect tons of the material to then recycle it and make more bottles and cans and other Coke items.
This is a joint venture between Coke and URRC (United Resource Recovery Corp) and most of the PET collected will come from big venues such as government recycling centers, football stadiums, and Recycle Bank.
The plant will have the capacity, when fully operational, to produce 100 million pounds of recycled PET plastic chips—enough to produce 2 billion 20-ounce bottles of Coke or Dasani or whatever.
This is a bold move by Coke and although it has its negatives, it hopefully might serve as a model on what to do with used PET. We will find out in about a year or two.
via Green Biz