How to Recycle PET Film

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How to Recycle PET Film
Income you receive from selling scrap film to recyclers can help your bottom line. (an xray of a chest image by alma_sacra from Fotolia.com)

Polythene Terephthalate (PET) film is a type of film produced from polyester. Polyester PET film is used as data-capture film in devices such as floppy disks, videotapes, and X-ray machines. PET film is recyclable through recyclers offering film scrap recycling programs, which reclaim polyester from PET film. If your business uses PET film, you can be environmentally responsible and even make some money by recycling your PET film.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Collect your scrap film. Estimate the amount of film you wish to recycle, in pounds.

  2. 2

    Locate scrap film buyers. Kodak provides a list of some scrap film recyclers, but there are many other companies. Review Kodak's list, search the Internet, and check the Yellow Pages for your local area.

  3. 3

    Call scrap film buyers and determine which scrap film recyclers accept PET film. Some recyclers accept only film from which silver can be extracted. Compare prices for scrap film. Most recyclers pay a small amount to take your scrap film, and your income from scrap film can help your bottom line.

  4. 4

    Consider how easily you can transport your scrap film to the recycler. If you must pay to mail scrap film, you may be better off choosing a recycler that pays slightly less but has a local drop-off point.

  5. 5

    Package your scrap film as advised by the scrap film recycler you select. Mail it to the address thescrap film recycler provides, or take it to their drop-off point.

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