The Real Value of Recycled Plastic!
You would think that because you gave away the recyclable Plastic for free you are entitled to get it back for free as recycled plastic Profiles Right unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.
Recycled Plastic is not much cheaper than pure plastic made from new materials and price fluctuates due to the economy and Demand the same as Gold or Oil.
Reason for Price!
Oil is the main Component of plastic, so as the price of oil rises so too does the price of pure Plastic,
If compared to Steel plastic has far more value and is harder to recycle as much as 90% percent of steel can be recycled because of difference in density and make up it is easier to distinguish between,
Whereas plastics only 5% to 10% of plastic in the whole world is recycled, The density and chemical makeup are so close to each other it is hard to separate them
Therefore you need a cheaper alternative in comes the recycled Plastic as the industry looks for a replacement for the more expensive pure plastic the result of increased demand then forces the price of recycled plastic up.
It comes down to one simple thing, Value (the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.) the more people Desire something the more expensive it gets.
In 2008, the price of PET dropped from $370/ton in the US to $20 in November.PET prices had returned to their long term averages by May 2009,
There has been an increase in the use of plastics over the past few decades. This increase in use has dried up various exhaustible resources and caused a threat to the environment,
Plastic is a unique material to be used in a broad range of products again and again. Plastics use oil and energy during its manufacturing. Nearly 4% of oil in the world is used to manufacture plastic. Though this amount is not very large, recycling plastic will save this extinguishable energy source
But I recycle every week where does it all go? There are only two company’s in Europe who recycle the plastic and manufacture the recycled plastic Profiles so you’re Plastic gets exported then once formed into the recycled profiles imported back not the most efficient way but as it stands the only way as Ireland does not create enough recyclable waste to have a factory of this kind.
Plastic identification code
Main article: Resin identification code
Five groups of plastic polymers, each with specific properties, are used worldwide for packaging applications (see table below). Each group of plastic polymer can be identified by its Plastic Identification code (PIC), usually a number or a letter abbreviation.
For instance, Low-Density Polyethylene can be identified by the number “4” or the letters “LDPE”. The PIC appears inside a three-chasing-arrow recycling symbol. The symbol is used to indicate whether the plastic can be recycled into new products.
The PIC was introduced by the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc., to provide a uniform system for the identification of various polymer types and to help recycling companies separate various plastics for reprocessing. Manufacturers of plastic products are required to use PIC labels in some countries/regions and can voluntarily mark their products with the PIC where there are no requirements,
Consumers can identify the plastic types based on the codes usually found at the base or at the side of the plastic products, including food/chemical packaging and containers. The PIC is usually not present on packaging films, since it is not practical to collect and recycle most of this type of waste.
Plastic Identification Code Type of plastic polymer Properties Common Packaging Applications Glass Transition and Melting Temperatures (°C) Young’s Modulus (GPa)
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET, PETE) Clarity, strength, toughness, barrier to gas and moisture. Soft drink, water and salad dressing bottles; peanut butter and jam jars; small customer electronics. Tm = 250; Tg = 76
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) Stiffness, strength, toughness, resistance to moisture, permeability to gas. Water pipes, hula hoop rings, five gallon buckets, milk, juice and water bottles; grocery bags, some shampoo/toiletry bottles. Tm = 130; Tg = -125
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Versatility, ease of blending, strength, toughness. Blister packaging for non-food items; cling films for non-food use. May be used for food packaging with the addition of the plasticisers needed to make natively rigid PVC flexible. Non-packaging uses are electrical cable insulation; rigid piping; vinyl records. Tm = 240; Tg = 85
Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) Ease of processing, strength, toughness, flexibility, ease of sealing, barrier to moisture. Frozen food bags; squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard; cling films; flexible container lids. Tm = 120; Tg = -125
Polypropylene (PP) Strength, toughness, resistance to heat, chemicals, grease and oil, versatile, barrier to moisture. Reusable microwaveable ware; kitchenware; yogurt containers; margarine tubs; microwaveable disposable take-away containers; disposable cups; plates. Tm = 173; Tg = -10
Polystyrene (PS) Versatility, clarity, easily formed Egg cartons; packing peanuts; disposable cups, plates, trays and cutlery; disposable take-away containers. Tm = 240 (only isotactic); Tg = 100 (atactic and isotactic)
Other (often polycarbonate or ABS)
Dependent on polymers or combination of polymers Beverage bottles; baby milk bottles. Non-packaging uses for polycarbonate: compact discs; “unbreakable” glazing; electronic apparatus housings; lenses including sunglasses, prescription glasses, automotive headlamps, riot shields, instrument panels.
Polycarbonate: Tg = 145; Tm = 225
Polycarbonate: 2.6; ABS plastics: 2.3