There exist only few examples for plastic recycling, which allow a re-use in the original applications. For polyester (PET) bottle recycling, this is achieved through the high degree of selection. In reality the missing purity of plastic waste streams and/or additives prevent a high quality level of the recycled plastic.
In such cases the CreaSolv® Process with its high selectivity offers new solutions, which of course make only sense when offering an economical and/or technological advantage, what makes an application for cheap bulk plastics challenging.
Expandable polystyrene (EPS) and a re-expandability of the recycled polymer is a big challenge, but also a measurement for the effectiveness of the process. The possible saving in transport cost by dissolving the EPS waste offers an additional incentive. Of interest are very contaminated EPS packaging systems like fish-boxes and EPS insulation panels from the construction industry, which until 2015 contained flame retardants, which are banned today and would classify such deconstruction wastes as "dangerous waste" and prevent mechanical recycling in future.
The demand for electro(nic) devices increases steadily but for post-consumer plastic waste there exists no other approach than incineration in special combustion furnaces. The employed plastics contain brominated flame retardants and their toxic degradation products, which prohibit re-granulation, because this would increase the content of toxic impurities above exposure limit values.
In order to reduce weight the plastic content in cars will increase as well and create problems with increasing volumes of plastic waste for the automotive industry, when incineration is not considered as recycling in the EU. Because also here flame retardants are used, one is again confronted with an impurity issue when recycling.
Composite systems like plastic/plastic or plastic/metal are widely-used in automotive, sanitary, electro(nic) and packaging industry, to name only a few. In the case of metal composites one is only interested in the recovery of the metals and in packaging mechanical recycling normally fails with combinations of different plastics.
The CreaSolv® Process - The solution for unsolvable problems.