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Recycled polyethylene terephthalate

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is extensively used for the production of bottles for water and beverages and other edible products. Industry is committed to reclaim 50% of those bottles every year (corresponding to 900,000 tons per year by 1995). The recovered material cannot be used for remaking water and beverage bottles, and the existing recycling outlets cannot absorb such huge quantities of reclaimed PET. In this project recovered PET has been modified through blending. The PET blends are suitable substitutes to virgin high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in the production of containers for lubricants, agrochemicals, liquid detergents, etc.

The expertise developed in reactive extrusion of polymers (REX) will be used to modify polymers for recycling or to invent polymers with novel properties.

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Argo SA
POB 87
194 00 Koropi
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