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PET bottles are containers made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET for short (sometimes PETE). Ideally, since it is a plastic substance, the bottles are recycled. This keeps our landfills from filling up, reducing waste overall. The problem with recycling PET bottles arises due to the fact that they often absorb whatever materials they contain (often food), which makes them unsuitable for reuse in the food industry. They can, however, be recycled into other products such as polyester.
When recycling PET Bottles, the first step is to remove any contamination that could create flaws in the recycled product. This is usually done at recycling facilities where metals and other materials are separated form the bottles. Then, the bottles are separated by color (transparent, blue/green, and other). Mogensen’s optical sorters can perform this task with a high throughput and great accuracy.