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[greenyes] European PET Recycling

June 1 2004

Petcore has announced that more PET bottles were collected and recycled in
Europe in 2003 than ever before.

612,000 tonnes of European PET bales were offered to the recycling markets
in 2003, compared with 449,000 tonnes the previous year, representing a
growth rate of 36 per cent. Trends in market outlets remain unchanged, with
bottle-to-bottle recycling increasing from 8.1 per cent in 2002, to 11.1 per
cent in 2003. Other RPET outlets include polyester fibre (70.4 per cent),
polyester sheet (7.5 per cent) and strapping (7.6 per cent).

Exceptionally high growth rates were seen in Spain, Portugal, Hungary,
Slovakia, the Baltic states and in Ireland. A large increase was also
recorded in the UK, for the first time in many years. Germany and the UK
were the countries contributing most to the increase of bottle export to

Export of RPET rose from 33,000 tonnes in 2002 to 136,000 tonnes last year.

Petcore director general Frank Koelewijn said: "There is much growth
potential in the new member states, and it is very reassuring to see how
mature collection countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and
Switzerland, continue to collect more, year after year. The fundamentals of
such growth are based on commitments of beverage brands, PET stakeholders
and above all: committed citizens."

Peter Anderson
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