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China's dominance blights European markets

While the amount of PET bottle waste collected and recycled has reached its highest ever level, there remains concern that exports to China are damaging European markets. According to the latest information from Petcore, a European association fostering PET use, development and recycling, the number of European PET bales sent for recycling jumped from 449,000 tonnes in 2002 to 612,000 tonnes in 2003, representing a growth rate of 36% significantly more than forecast.