PET Bottles


HTS CODE: 3915900010

Any whole Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, #1) bottle with a screw-neck top that contains the ASTM D7611 “#1, PET or PETE” resin identification code and that is clear, transparent green, or transparent light blue. All bottles should be free of contents or free flowing liquids and rinsed.
Product: PET Bottles
Source: Post-Consumer Material
Contamination: Please check with your pet buyer(s) as to their allowances for:
• Other Colored PET Containers
• PET Thermoforms, e.g., microwave trays ,dishes, bakery trays, deli containers, clam shell containers, drink cups
Including closures (caps, lids, and rings) on bottles is acceptable. Removal of closures is also acceptable.

Total contaminants should not exceed the percentages, by weight, as defined by PET bale grades in chart above.
• High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE, #2) Rigid Plastic Containers
• Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE, #4) Rigid Plastic Containers
• Polypropylene (PP, #5) Rigid Plastic Containers
• Aluminum
• Metal containers or cans
• Paper or cardboard
• Liquid residues, primarily water (2% maximum allowed)

The following contaminants are not allowed at any level (zero percent allowed)
• Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC, #3) in any form
• Chemically incompatible low temperature melting materials, including Polystyrene (PS, #6) plastic and PLA plastic, as rigid or foam in any product.
• Chemically compatible low temperature melting materials, such as PETG
• Any plastic bags or plastic film
• Wood, glass, oils and grease
• Rocks, stones, mud, dirt
• Medical and hazardous waste
• Items containing degradable additives

Terms & Definitions

Effective as of: July 14th, 2022

Terms & Conditions

Product These guidelines are designed with the potential for dealing with all recycled plastic in bale form. Initial specifications refer only to bottles. The code framework allows for generation of guidelines for all types of plastic packaging materials (including rigids and flexibles) with room for expansion to other plastic products and resins including those which are used to produce durable goods. Guidelines for those products may be added at a later date. Bale Density Bales shall be compressed to a minimum density of 10 pounds per cubic foot and a maximum density to be determined by individual contract between Buyer and Seller. Increased density may improve transportation efficiency, but over-compression may adversely affect the ability of a Buyer to separate, sort, and reprocess the material. Bale Tying Material Bale wires, ties, or straps shall be made of non-rusting or corroding material. Bale Integrity Bale integrity must be maintained through loading, shipping, handling, and storage. Distorted or broken bales are difficult to handle. They are unacceptable and may result in downgrading, rejection, or charge back. Allowable Contamination Unspecified materials must not exceed 2% of total bale weight. Bales which contain over 2% will be subjected to reduction in the contracted price of the material as well as charges for disposal of the contaminants. The reduced percentage will vary depending upon the amount and type of contamination. Quality of the baled plastic is the primary factor which determines the value. Prohibited Material Certain materials are understood to be specified as “prohibited.” Such materials will render the bale “non-specification” and may cause some customers to reject the entire shipment. These may include plastic materials which have a deleterious effect on each other when reprocessed, and materials such as agricultural chemicals, hazardous materials, flammable liquids and/or their containers, and medical waste. Liquids Plastic containers/materials should be empty and dry when baled. The bale should be free of any free-flowing liquid of any type. General Shipments should be essentially free of dirt, mud, stones, grease, glass, and paper. The plastic must not have been damaged by ultraviolet exposure. Every effort should be made to store the material above ground and under cover. A good faith effort on the part of the supplier will be made to include only rinsed bottles which have closures removed.


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