Plastic Trash Turned into New Containers

The company Total Pet Packaging will invest $12.5 million in a recycling plant in Costa Rica to make packaging from waste plastics, using PET technology.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The company Total Pet Packaging will invest approximately $12.5 million in a new PET resin (RPET) recycling plant, which will be located in Heredia. PET is short for polyethylene terephthalate.

Reused products will include plastic waste like bottles and other items, and European technology will be used to produce new packaging, said Ernesto Moreno, president of Total Pet Packaging Company.

"Our schedule aims to have the plant operational by September this year," said Moreno.

According to, thousands of plastic bottles that are discarded every day are recovered to produce products or taken to other countries where they are turned into bottles under the system of RPET. So far, 80% of bottles with PET technology (Polyethylene terephthalate) end up as garbage or are exported to China where they are converted into other products.

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The regulation reflects the need to ensure the supply of this raw material for the domestic industry under the Governmental Agreement 333-2011 published in the Official Journal.

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