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London Science Museum displays innovative plastic reprocessing

Ground breaking technology demonstrating unique processing techniques to turn waste plastic from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) into new products is on show at London’s Science Museum.

Axion Recycling has provided unique items for display as part of the museum’s Dead Ringers exhibition — that investigates how WEEE legislation will affect industry and consumers. It includes methods being used to tackle the problem of waste plastic, focusing particularly on mobile phones.

Having successfully worked on a trial with Brother Printers to make fax ribbon cassettes from 100% recycled WEEE polymers Axion Recycling has shown the potential of recycled plastic.

Axion Recycling founder Keith Freegard said: “This trial demonstrates that it is possible to meet exacting brand-leading material property specifications and produce a quality product indistinguishable from a conventional, virgin-polymer component.”

The recycler is now researching new processing techniques to separate plastics with and without retardants as well as how to extract unwanted additives from waste electrical plastic — so that a pure, clean plastic can be produced.

It wants to use its knowledge of turning waste electrical plastic into ‘on-specification’ material for new components, and develop a full-scale manufacturing process in the future.

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