Recycling Post-Consumer Waste
Once a plastic material or finished product is at its end of life, it ends up in the waste stream, becoming post-consumer plastic eligible for recycling. Post-consumer plastic waste differs from pre-consumer – or post-industrial – waste, which is production waste coming from industrial sites, i.e. before being used by consumers.
It is worth highlighting that pre-consumer plastic waste is produced in large quantities in a relatively small number of places, i.e. industrial plants: as a matter of fact, almost all industrial processes generate plastic waste. On the contrary, post-consumer waste is usually available in small quantities but in countless places, i.e. in our houses and in waste collection facilities.
Accordingly, post-consumer waste is available in higher volumes, and its collection and sorting are more complex if compared to plastic pre-consumer waste. Nevertheless, it is important to handle post-consumer waste to prevent tonnes of plastic from polluting the environment.
Above all, it is worth considering that post-consumer waste can turn into a new essential resource for players from the recycled plastic extrusion sector.
Post-consumer plastic – from waste to wealth
For recycled plastic producers, post-consumer plastic turns from waste to wealth when used as raw material. In plastic production processes, recycling post-consumer waste can be extremely cost effective because it is readily available and affordable.
Nevertheless, traditional extrusion systems require post-consumer plastic waste to undergo specific and additional treatments (washing, sorting, etc.) before being used, especially whenever high-quality finished products are manufactured. In order to overcome this shortcoming, screen changers intended for plastic extrusion have been enhanced and equipped with powerful cutting-edge filtering solutions.
Screen changers to process post-consumer plastic
To equip a post-consumer plastic extrusion system with high-level filtration automatic and continuous screenchangers is a solution to solve several issues.
Contaminated materials used as raw materials to produce high-quality plastic must be adequately filtered. The higher the contamination, the more advanced the screen changer needed – screen changer must offer higher filtering capacity and enhanced automation.
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