Electronics and appliances present an attractive source for reclaimed plastics, but technical challenges can often inhibit recovery. Many of the e-plastics are black, which can make separation by polymer difficult.
A company says its enzymatic depolymerization technology can be applied to opaque PET containers, and a startup targeting ABS and PLA will compete for a major prize.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is about more than just the latest TVs, smartphones and gadgets. This year’s event also showcased technologies in robotics, health care and plastics recycling.
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.
Instead of separating fiber and PE, two British companies are producing a mixed PE-fiber recycled resin, and the growing potential for rPET in nonwoven fabrics is explored.
China’s Green Fence import crackdown made it more difficult – and less profitable – for FCM Recycling to ship e-scrap plastics to Asia. So the Canadian electronics recycling company went into the plastics recycling business.
An international reclaimer says it has started the world’s first commercial production of recycled polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (PC/ABS) from e-scrap and end-of-life appliances.
With ample plastics to be found in automotive shredder residue and regulatory hurdles cleared, it may seem that auto plastics recovery should be set to shift into high-gear. Turns out the sector is still sitting in park.