Processing recycled plastics can be a lucrative endeavor. Ensuring you can process extremely clean and efficiently sorted plastic material is necessary to ensure recycled plastic streams maintain the highest value for resale as compared to new plastic. PRF’s process recovered scrap or waste plastic and reprocess the material into useful products, often in completely different in form from their original state. Whether you’re mining PET, HDPE or other plastics for your process, the sort can be accomplished using Green Machine Sorting Technology enhanced by Green Machine’s Green Eye Optical Sorters. Better equipment equals greater profitability for your company.
The process of plastic recycling includes melting down used plastics and uses the material for casting products such as plastic chairs and tables. These recyclables are then re-introduced into the main production operation. This closed-loop operation has taken place since the 1970s and has made the production of some plastic products among st the most efficient operations today.
Compared with lucrative recycling of materials, such as glass and metal, plastic polymers recycling is often more challenging because of low density and low value for particular materials. There are also numerous technical hurdles to overcome when recycling plastic.
For example, when different types of plastics are melted together, they tend to phase separate like oil and water, and set in these layers. This causes structural weakness in the resulting material limiting the application of the polymer blend.
Another barrier to re-use is the widespread use of dye, filler and other additives in plastics. The polymer is generally too viscous to economically remove fillers, and would be damaged by many of the processes that could cheaply remove the added dyes. Additives are less widely used in beverage containers and plastic bags allowing them to be recycled more often. Yet another barrier to removing large quantities of plastic from the waste stream and landfills is the fact that many common but small plastic items lack the universal triangle recycling symbol and accompanying number. Sorting by hand can be difficult or impossible.
This explains why proper sorting using Green Machine® proven technology is key to your Plastic’s Reuse/Recycling operation. Separate what you need for your operation, whether it be polymer, polymer additives, or color or we can efficiently and effectively sort based on your process requirements.