Effect of recycled content and rPET quality on the properties of PET bottles, part I: Optical and mechanical properties

F. Alvarado *, M.T. Brouwer, E.U. Thoden van Velzen

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Abstract



The effect of recycled content and type of recycled poly (ethylene terephthalate) (rPET) on the haziness; colour parameters L*, a*, and b*; total colour change; ultraviolet‐visual spectrum (UV‐VIS) absorption; and environmental stress cracking (ESC) of PET bottles was studied. Three series of PET bottles were made at a small scale production facility with same type of virgin PET and three different types of rPET with recycled contents of 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%. Also, the particle contamination of the produced PET bottles was studied by dissolving bottle fragments and counting the insoluble particles. A linear relationship was found between the haziness of PET bottles and the particle contamination, with a coefficient of determination of 0.96. Linear relationships were also found between the colour parameters L* and b* and the particle contamination of the PET bottles, but the slope differed for each type of rPET. The origin of rPET (mono‐collection or cocollection) seems to be the crucial factor determining particle contamination and colour of the produced bottles. No correlation was found between the recycled content and the incidence of ESC. However, PET bottles in which high intrinsic viscosity (IV) values were measured showed lower chances of ESC than PET bottles with low IV values
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-394
JournalPackaging Technology and Science
Volume33
Issue number9
Early online date12 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

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