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Plastic Scrap Recycling

Plastic Scrap Recycling From Runners And Sprues

Please Recommend…Plastic scrap recycling often involves the use injection molding waste. These parts are referred to as runners and sprues. Sprues and runner comprise the conduit that connects the machine nozzle to the machine cavities. During the injection phase of the molding cycle, the molten material flows through the sprue and runner to the cavities. These parts can be reground and mixed with new materials, primarily virgin resin. Creating what…

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PET Plastic Products

PET Plastic Products Are Recycled More Than Any Other

Please Recommend…PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is most commonly known as a member of the polyester group of plastic polymers and the ingredient in all PET plastic products. It was first produced in the United States during the 1940s by chemists looking for a material that could be used to make new textile fibers and it originally gained recognition as a wrinkle-free fiber used for textile manufacturing. In the production phase, pellets…

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Recycling Plastic Grocery Bags

Recycling Plastic Grocery Bags

Please Recommend…Recycling plastic grocery bags can be a problem. Many communities do not accept plastic bags in their curbside recycling set-ups. Unfortunately, many end up in landfills or as unsightly tree trash or simply gone with the wind.  Though more of an inconvenience, you can still recycle plastic bags and keep them from cluttering up the environment. To begin, find out if your community’s curbside recycling program will accept plastics bags. If…

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Plastic Recycling Business

The Plastic Recycling Business And The Environment

Please Recommend…The plastic recycling business is a helpful contributor to maintaining a clean environment. Plastic itself is very lightweight and has many diverse uses. It has the advantage of being relatively versatile and inexpensive and can be used in the manufacture of safe, durable products for sectors like food packaging and medical tools and accessories. While the plastic recycling business is involved in the elimination and reproduction of plastic waste,…

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America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day

Please Recommend…America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative, is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Each year, on and in the weeks leading into Nov. 15, thousands of communities across the country participate by promoting environmental citizenship and taking action to increase and improve recycling in America.  Through America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful and its vast network of affiliates…

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Plastic Injection Molding Process

The Plastic Injection Molding Process

Please Recommend…The plastic injection molding process has been around in various and increasingly sophisticated forms since the mid-19th century. The technique of heating the plastic and melting the molten substance into a desired shape is at the heart of the plastic injection molding process. Plastic molding today is considerably different from the rudimentary operations of yesteryear. There have been many advancements. Indeed, by WWII, injection molding became of major import…

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Plastic Manufacturing Process

The Plastic Manufacturing Process In Brief

Please Recommend…The plastic manufacturing process begins with organic products. These are natural products such as coal, natural gas, cellulose and, particularly, crude oil. Thousands of compounds make crude oil a complex mixture and it must be processed to become plastic. This distillation process commences in an oil refinery with the separation of the heavy crude oil into lighter aggregates called fractions. Each fraction is a mixture of hydrocarbon chains. These…

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Plastic Waste Recycling

Plastic Waste Recycling Continues To Grow

Please Recommend…Plastic waste recycling is very much in the news, but its useful to recall that recycling in general is an age-old tradition. From hand me down clothes to preservative jars, it is a testament to both human practicality and ingenuity. Previous to the current attention to plastic waste recycling, the practice was very much part of our culture during World War II. At that time our government impressed upon…

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Plastic Recycling Bins Exclusion List

Keep These Items Out Of Your Plastic Recycling Bins 

Please Recommend…   Contrary to a popular misconception, plastic bags, soft plastic, film plastic, and foam should be considered as regular garbage and should be kept out of your plastic recycling bins. Additionally, here is a comprehensive list of items that should not be included in your plastic recycling bins nor most other traditional recycling categories: Garden hoses   Luggage (plastic or textile)  Sponges  Sports balls, such as basketballs, bowling balls, soccer…

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Plastic Coding System

Plastic Coding System Guide For Resin Types

Please Recommend…The Plastics Industry Association (previousl SPI) follows a plastic coding system that requires a number (1 – 7) on each plastic product that is manufactured. This is particularly helpful for those interested in recycling plastic as knowledge about the 7 types of plastics can help recyclers sort their materials more effectively. It can be helpful to always verify the plastic classification number of each product you use, especially if you…

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