What is the difference between PCR and PIR?

Recyclates can basically only be created from waste in a reprocessing process. This applies equally to the materials PIR and PCR. The respective prefix of the recyclate provides information about the original material origin:

PIR- post-industrial recyclate, a raw material produced from industrial waste

If the waste comes from industry: for example, from production residues in the manufacture of plastic packaging or other plastic products, then the recyclates from it are called post-industrial recyclates (PIR).

PCR- post-consumer recyclate, raw material produced from consumer waste

The difference is in the name: Post-consumer recyclates are made from end-user waste – that is, from the waste of all of us.

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