PET has the number “1” as its resin identification code.
Yes, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic is recyclable. It is one of the most widely recycled plastics and many communities have programs in place to collect and recycle PET bottles and containers.
In the recycling process, PET is cleaned, shredded, and then melted down. The melted plastic is then extruded into pellets, which can be used to make a variety of new products, including new bottles, fibers, and even automotive parts.
The recycling rate of PET is relatively high and it can be recycled multiple times without losing its properties or quality.
However, not all PET plastic gets recycled, and it may end up in landfills, oceans, and other natural environments, where it can take hundreds of years to decompose and may cause harm to wildlife and other organisms.