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Chemical binders developed to recycle plastics into new products

A method to recycle plastic using a chemical binder rather than heat is being developed by a team at Bradford University. A pilot plant at the university is running trials of cold extrusion with different processes, feed stock and additives. Traditional methods of extruding recycled plastics use a lot of energy to melt the materials heating them up to 200 degrees centigrade. In the developmental process waste plastic is ground into small granules then a chemical binder is used to stick ...