Can PE pipe be recycled?
PE pipe can easily be recycled; the end product depends on the condition of the pipe.
As there is minimal material degradation during the pipe manufacturing process, rejected pipe material, for example from start up or errors in processing, can be 100% recycled back into pipe and can meet all the required performance parameters. The level of material waste in manufacturing is therefore very low.
PE pipe reclaimed after use is unlikely to have the required characteristics for reuse in the same application, i.e. as PE pressure pipe. It can be recycled into other plastics products that are less mechanically demanding. These initiatives are organised by either the pipeline operator, the pipe suppliers or third party plastics reclamation companies.
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