[EMS Discuss] PET plastic collection
sam at sneetchworks.com
Thu Jan 30 09:24:48 PST 2014
I'm working with reclaimed PET (#1, Polyethylene terephthalate) on a
project. I've got usable material out of soda bottles and larger food
packaging and similar clear plastic packaging (you know, the kind that
induces wrap rage and bites back). I need that kind of thickness - too
much thinner doesn't have the strength I need, and thicker is harder to
work with and won't fit my jigs. Thing is I dont drink soda,
occasionally I empty a bottle of tonic water and I've been picking up
bottles when I see them, but I'm quickly going through my stash. If you
or someone you know goes through a lot of this stuff could you think of
putting it aside for me. Or letting me know where/when I can pick it up.
Larger (2 liter) bottle are best, but I can also use the smaller 750ml -
I just need 2" strips 4-10" long. Don't really have a color preference,
clear gives me most options but green works too.
Likely some of the other plastics (e.g. HDPE / #2) would work just as
well, but I've not done extensive testing. If you know of a good source,
please let me know. Part of the point of the project is to divert stuff
from waste and recycling (up-cycling) so I'm not looking at buying or
using new material - though manufacturing scraps would be good. Along
the way, I went looking at exactly what you can recycle here in Eugene.
It turns out that even if its got the plastic triangle number #1 on
there, if its not bottle shaped the city will trash it. So from that
point of view, a steady source of non-bottle PET sheet/film would be great.
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