Getting to grips with Polymer Recycling

Recycling polymers is a fantastic way to reduce environmental issues caused by the accumulation of plastic scrap. Not only does polymer recycling reduce the amount of plastic waste on the planet, it also helps to conserve natural resources as most polymer materials are made from oil and gas.

There are many different polymers, but the most popular ones that you’ll find being used to make a host of products are Polyethylene, also known as Polythene in the UK and Polypropylene.

Polyethylene

There are two different types of Polyethylene which is a manmade polymer.

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is a soft plastic used to make plastic bags which are used for packaging and bags for life. LDPE can’t be recycled roadside but can be recycled by specialists in plastic recycling. Here at Bright Green Plastics, we can recycle LDPE to give it a new lease of life. Popular applications for recycled LDPE include rubbish bags, rubbish and compost bins, furniture and more.

High Density Polyethylene is a rigid plastic that you will commonly find moulded into a bottle for household bottles and toiletries. HDPE can be easily recycled into non-food packaging, pipes, floor tiles, sheet plastic and more.

Polypropylene (PPE)

Polypropylene is another popular polymer, also known as PPE, which is highly versatile thanks to its high melting point and resistance to many solvents and acids. You will likely have come across opaque PPE

Polypropylene can be found across a range of products including take-away tubs, condiment bottles, plastic plates, and cutlery. Polypropylene high melting point makes it a highly versatile material.

Why recycle polymers?

It’s widely recognised that recycling plastic waste is a key way to improve the environmental impacts of plastics. Recycling polymers consumes much less energy than creating ‘virgin’ materials, for example, it takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle using recycled plastics compared to using freshly manufactured plastics.

Sadly, not enough polymers are being recycled year on year and Bright Green Plastics are on a mission to change that. We work with a wide range of industries including Automotive, Construction, Packaging and Horticulture, to develop innovative and cost-effective applications for recycled polymers.

Other types of polymers include:

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene)
  • Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU)
  • Nylon, nylon 6, nylon 6,6.

Helping to increase Polymer recycling

We believe that the best way to fight plastic pollution is to make better use of our existing plastics. In 2014, Britain produced 4.9 tonnes of plastic waste and only 1.2 tonnes of it was recycled, according to a study from the wildlife fund.

References – Telegraph.

The Bright Green plastics team are on a mission to change this and bring plastics recycling to the forefront of discussion.

If you’d like to find out more about how we could help you with polymer recycling, get in touch with the Bright Green Plastics team today.