How to Use Recycled Pellets in the Production Process - Post-consumer Waste
Plastic pellets are small granulates, used in Blown Film Machines, Injection Machines, Molding Machines, and other machines that produce plastic films, bottles, containers, bags, and more.
These small pieces of material are the most important in the process of plastic products. Not only because they are the principal material but also because they give the quality of the final product.
The industry of plastic is quite big but without virgin materials, the industry will collapse. Therefore, it is important to take care of this situation. Around the world, there is a big consumption of plastic, most of this plastic is necessary for health.
Why is it important to recycle plastic products?
We need to be aware of whether the products that we consume can be recycled or not. If you know the material of your products you will know if they can be recycled and used once again in the production line.
This time we will emphasize the materials that can be recycled like HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, and PP.
We focus on these materials because they have higher consumption compared to others. (See the graphic)
Production of plastic worldwide (millions of tons)
As you can see in the graphic polyolefins are produced on big scales because of their properties. Most daily life products are made from polyolefins. For this reason, it is important to recycle these end products.
How to recycle post-consumer plastic waste?
Post-consumer waste comes dirty and humid. Therefore, the recycling process will start with a washing line. The washing line will have three steps:
The plastic waste will be put into a shredder to reduce its size.
The washing line will remove the dirt and grease that the waste contains.
After going through the washing line it is necessary to reduce the humidity of the waste to a level of 3%-5%. In this way can be recycled in the plastic recycling machine.
After the whole process, the material will be processed in the Plastic Recycling Machine. It depends on the material and shape of it of which recycling machine will be the perfect fit to reprocess the post-consumer waste. Our recommendation is a:
- Read More: Single-stage vs. Two-stage Recycling Machine
- Watch Video: Two-stage recycling machine -Repro-Flex Plus
The quality of the pellets produced by the two-stage recycling machine is higher than others. This is possible thanks to the die face pelletizer. This system is automatically controlled, in speed and blade pressure. The final product will be more uniform-sized pellets.
Recycled pellets for the production
Each material has different properties, for this reason, it is important to know what you can do with them after the production of recycling pellets. Unlike the in-house recycled pellets, the post-consumer recycled pellets can’t be used to produce the same product as before.
For example, if you recycled in-house film rolls you can use the recycled pellets from these films into film rolls again. But in the case of post-consumer waste recycled pellets, there are different uses.
These are some products that you can make with recycled pellets from post-consumer waste:
R-HDPE: industrial bags, detergent bottles, traffic cones, trash cans, flowerpots, and others.
R-LDPE: Garbage bags, thermoplastics, containers, agricultural films, and construction films.
R-PP: battery boxes, broom fibers, plastic chairs, textiles, trays.
Most of the pellets coming from post-consumer waste are used for injection blow molding but these pellets can be used for garbage bags too. Therefore, the circle will be closed.