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Environment and circular economy transition in China


PET and HDPE Packaging in China’s Houshold Chemicals and Food Sectors

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high-density polyethylene) are the two widely used rigid packaging materials in the household chemicals and food sectors and a primary type of packaging waste. The recycling of PET and HDPE packaging—and the high value-added re-cycling instead of down-cycling in particular—is attracting industry attention and is the focal point of the Waste to Resource Project. This Report, a collaborative effort between the Project team and industry associations and experts, is designed to present a full picture of the generation, recycling of PET and HDPE packaging wastes in China’s household chemicals and food sectors, analyze their collection and recycling prospects, and offer recommendations on how to enhance the recycling value chain.