Plastics Recycling Update

Plastics recycling technology roundup: Sept. 1, 2016

An improvement in virgin feedstocks allows better performance in recycled-content HDPE products, and two companies cooperate to supply a continuous PET-to-textile-fibers line.

Improved HDPE: Total Refining & Chemicals has developed an enhanced virgin HDPE meant to be compounded with recycled plastic because it is able to over-compensate for any deficiencies in the recycled resin. reports on the advancement, which yields recycled-content packaging with properties that overperform virgin HDPE.

Additional additives: Additives company Struktol has released new formulations aimed at aiding the use of recycled plastics. The various additives can be used in a range of plastics, including polyolefins and engineered plastics, and they are suited to compounds with up to 100 percent recycled material.

Equipment for mixed, dirty plastics: An Australian inventor has created a piece of equipment capable of recycling various resins and contaminated plastics all mixed together, according to Plastics News. Meanwhile, while he refines that technology, a company he is a member of is currently selling a different innovation: building products made partially from ABS from electronics.

Equipment company cooperation: Equipment companies Erema and Trüetzschler Group have signed a deal to work together to supply equipment lines to recycle PET into bulk continuous filament (BCF). Last year Trutzschler and Erema jointly developed a plant to convert recycled PET into carpet yarns.

From contaminant to construction: A U.S. startup called ByFusion is recycling plastics collected from the ocean into blocks for use in construction or road barriers. Portable gas- or electricity-driven equipment is used to compress the blocks into custom shapes and densities, regardless of the material mix or cleanliness, according to

Production scrap recycling: German equipment company Gneuss Kunststofftechnik offered details on its new plastics recycling equipment, including a new “Jump” system that’s installed directly downstream from the company’s extruder and melt filter and improves recycling of production scrap. The Jump system provides an alternative to conventional SSP systems and enables direct reintroduction of unused PET into the production process without the need to re-melt it.

PET recycling plant: A new PET recycling facility near Aachen, Germany utilizes advanced grinding and washing equipment from Krones, the company announced. The facility is being opened by a major German soft drink producer, Mitteldeutsche Erfrischungsgetranke GmbH & Co. KG (MEG), which is already recycling PET bottles collected at grocery stores but wants to boost the volume of recycled resins available to it.

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