What is Post-consumer Plastic Waste Recycling?

2022-05-25 | Industrial Trends | By Derek Shiao |

Post-consumer recycled materials, often referred to as PCR, are reprocessed plastics from household or commercial waste. Post-consumer plastic products close the loop by diverting waste from landfills and allowing it to be recycled into something else. Unfortunately, it is difficult to recycle post-consumer plastic. There are financial concerns (collection, cleaning, sorting, reprocessing, distribution) as well as physical issues (color and grade irregularity, contamination). After the wastes are recycled, the plastic pellets will be manufactured into various recycled products according to different physical properties.

Post-Consumer plastic waste
( Post-Consumer plastic waste )

What do you need to start your post-consumer recycling business?

For recycling post-consumer plastic waste, you need a complete sorting, washing, drying, crushing, and pelletizing lines. It is crucial that you control the waste condition before feeding it into any recycling machine. As for the recycling process, the filtration and degassing systems are the critical units to for producing high-quality pellets from post-consumer wastes.

POLYSTAR has long been involved in post-consumer plastic recycling, turning plastic waste into new sustainable products. Wide-ranging experience has already been gained in collaboration with third-party filtration manufacturers, and we have successfully assisted many post-consumer recyclers around the world to stay competitive in their markets.

Perfect models for Post-Consumer Recycling: Repro-Flex Plus

 post industrial film recycling machine
( Two- stage recycling machine )

Repro-Flex Plus is integrated with a cutter compactor just like Repro-Flex. This model, on the other hand, has an additional extruder as well as three degassing zones and two filtration units. It is designed specifically for processing post-consumer plastic wastes, and it ensures the minimal degradation of the material, resulting in uniform pellets that may be reprocessed right into your production line.

Filtration before degassing is also a unique design for Repro-Flex Plus. It has a better effect on producing excellent quality pellets from post-consumer waste. Furthermore, the second extruder features a third degassing system for removing even more ink and moisture from the materials.

With all the features on Repro-Flex Plus, customers can simply achieve 10% less power consumption; 20% higher output; and 100% pellet re-usability using this model to recycle post-consumer wastes.

post-consumer recycling pelletizing machine
( Post-consumer pellets )

Third-Party Filtration system integration

POLYSTAR has collaborated with several filtration system manufacturers to provide customers with the best post-consumer waste processing solution. Repro-Flex Plus is extremely compatible with all the third-party filtration systems you can find on the market today, and we have proven that with this integration, the recycling line will be more flexible while handling different kinds of post-consumer wastes.

auto cleaning filtration system

It is essential to understand that integrating with an automatic third-party filter is not just a matter of technology and operation – it is a strategic solution. It offers the chance to thoroughly change your production business economic indicators. From the perspective of the plastic recycling competition, this choice is remarkable and allows you to improve your competitiveness.

FIMIC filtration system
( FIMIC filtration system )


Post-consumer recycling has become increasingly popular around the world. More and more companies are investing in the machines for recycling post-consumer plastic waste. The beginning is always the hardest, that’s why choosing a reliable machine supplier is so important. POLYSTAR can assist you in starting your post-consumer recycling, feel free to contact us for more information.

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Derek Shiao

POLYSTAR’s Business Development Manager.

Derek Shiao is the business development manager at POLYSTAR. He keeps up with the latest trend in the plastic industry and creates content based on his experience offering various solutions to customers.

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