February 2020

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Petrochemicals: Was 2019 the year of recycled PET?

2019 was a year of successes within the recycled polyester (RPET) industry.

P. Van Utyvanck, Wood Mackenzie

2019 was a year of successes within the recycled polyester (RPET) industry. The continued war against plastics and the heightened awareness of plastic pollution have driven an unprecedented level of interest in RPET. As such, significant momentum has been building behind collection and recycling commitments. Beyond regulatory commitments, such as the EU’s single-use plastics directive that was announced earlier in the year, ambitious recycled content sustainability goals have been publicized by many brand owners. Some brand owner targets exceed the EU single-use plastics directive, further highlighting the momentum behind the shift toward achieving a circular economy. The first step in re

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