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"Holy grail" of plastics recycling found

The holy grail of plastics recycling has been discovered, according to Environmental Polymer Technologies (EPT) managing director Peter Aylmore.

Using the Powder Impression Moulding (PIM) process, mixed commingled plastic waste can be turned into a range of quality products.

Based in Bedwas in Wales, Aylmore said: The two main problems of using commingled dirty plastic could be solved using the PIM process.

The two problems being the need to sort plastic into polymer type and wash it- traditionally needed to attain a high-value recycled plastic product.

Having spent over five years developing and proving the process, he explained that it used a system that fused the material together rather than fully melting it.

Consisting of three sections, a core layer covered on either side by an outer layer, that the layers properties can be tailor-made to suit the products needs and the situation. And products can range from shower trays, to bin lids, to automotive parts.

Aylmore added that he was currently working on a project that would enable the process to be shipped out to areas of devastation or countries such as Brazil and Sri Lanka, to help with the rebuilding of housing. The concept means that a container containing the PIM technology can be shipped out to disaster areas. This will allow abundantly available natural materials such as wood and sisal to form the core sections and allow them to be layered in local plastic waste so that housing panels can be made. The container itself will be act as the oven in which the panels can be made - thus providing local communities with the tools and means to rebuild their own communities.

Aiming to have the machines and testing for the disaster system finalised by the middle of next year, Aylmore said: Its a vision Id really like to see.

 

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