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High-Density Polyethylene

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Recycling Process Of HDPE

Info HDPE

HDPE is the abbreviation for High-Density Polyethylene, which is made from the monomer ethylene. It is a thermoplastic, which means that it can become softer when heated in order to be moulded and will then harden when cooled without any alteration to the material’s properties. The material is incredibly versatile as it is lightweight, strong, malleable, impact resistant, weather resistant and long lasting. It is used across a wide variety of products over a range of different industries. For example, it is used for milk jugs, fuel tanks, piping, children’s toys, and even bread bags and cereal box liners.

Pre-collection

Before we collect the material there are a number of different products it could have been used for. It could be in people’s houses, skips, construction sites, factories, warehouses, businesses or any number of other places due to the versatility of the material. Once the plastic has served its purpose and is ready to be disposed of, it will find itself gathered at a recycling company, a skip hire company or somewhere similar. Then we will collect it from one of these locations and send it on for recycling.

During

The recycling process for HDPE can vary, but the general process remains the same. To begin, the HDPE will be separated out by grade as HDPE can vary by thickness and durability. The plastic will then be thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris or residual contaminants, such as dirt or liquid. Any impurities mixed in with the plastic would compromise the end product. Once cleansed, the HDPE will then be homogenised to ensure that no other polymers are present, as this would also put the end product at risk. The plastic is then sent on to be finely shredded and then melted down to produce granulate/pellets.

Post-processing

Once the recycling process is complete, the recycled material can be utilised in a multitude of ways. The HDPE can be used to make products across a variety of industries. These include products include but are not limited to: shopping bags, storage bins, refuse/recycling bins, detergent containers, automotive parts, trays, flowerpots, gardening tools, garden furniture, floor tiles, rope and crates.

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Materials we accept

PET Recycling

PET - PET is the abbreviation for Polyethylene Terephthalate, which is formed when ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid are combined. It is a clear plastic that is both strong and lightweight enough to be popularly used for food and beverage packaging, with close to all single-use plastic drinks bottles being made from PET. It is also a popular choice for a great many other products, such as bottles for hygiene products and even tennis ball cannisters.

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HDPE Recycling

HDPE - HDPE is the abbreviation for High-Density Polyethylene, which is made from the monomer ethylene. It is a thermoplastic, which means that it can become softer when heated in order to be moulded and will then harden when cooled without any alteration to the material’s properties. The material is incredibly versatile as it is lightweight, strong, malleable, impact resistant, weather resistant and long lasting. It is used across a wide variety of products over a range of different industries. For example, it is used for milk jugs, fuel tanks, piping, children’s toys, and even bread bags and cereal box liners.

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PVC Recycling

PVC - PVC is the abbreviation Polyvinyl Chloride. It is made by the combination of chlorine and ethylene to form the monomer vinyl chloride, which is then sequenced to make the polymer Polyvinyl Chloride. PVC is a very strong and tough material that can be easily shaped, which gives it many different uses in terms of what it can be manufactured into. PVC can also be made soft and flexible when mixed with certain additives. This means that whereas PVC can be used for construction, automotive and medical items, it can also be used for items such as polyvinyl flooring, clothing and upholstery.

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LDPE Recycling

LDPE - LDPE is the abbreviation of Low-Density Polyethylene, which is made from the monomer ethylene. LDPE is a thermoplastic, which means that when heated it can become softer in order to be moulded and will then harden when cooled without any alteration to the material’s properties. The plastic is lightweight, strong, impact resistant and chemical resistant. LDPE is an ideal material for the manufacturing of thin, flexible products such as plastic bags, shrink-wrap, stretch film, container lids, squeezable bottles and so on.

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PP Recycling

PP - PP is the abbreviation of Polypropylene, which is a thermoplastic made from the monomer propylene. Being a thermoplastic means that when heated it can become softer in order to be moulded and will then harden when cooled without any alteration to the material’s properties. PP is tough, lightweight, chemical resistant and moisture resistant. The plastic is used for a wide range of products, such as packaging products, automotive parts and consumer goods.

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PS Recycling

PS - PS is the abbreviation of Polystyrene, a hydrocarbon polymer made from the monomer styrene. It is a thermoplastic, which means that when it is heated it can become soft enough to mould and then harden again when cooled. PS can come in the form of a solid plastic or a rigid foam. Solid PS is commonly used in items such as medical test tubes, household smoke alarm housings, CD cases and yoghurt pots. Foam PS is frequently used as packing material.

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PC Recycling

PC - PC is the abbreviation for Polycarbonate. Polycarbonates are a group of thermoplastic polymers that contain within their chemical structure carbonate groups. PC is very strong, impact resistant, heat resistant, chemical resistant and lightweight. This plastic is commonly used in items such as parts for appliances, automotive parts, construction parts, medical gear, consumer products and food packaging.

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ABS Recycling

ABS - ABS is the abbreviation of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, a polymer made from the monomers acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. It is stiff, strong, impact resistant and chemical resistant. It is used in a number of different products such as computer parts, tools, plug socket faces and toys.

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EPS Recycling

EPS - EPS is the abbreviation for Expanded Polystyrene. Polystyrene is a polymer made from the monomer styrene, and EPS is made from beads of Polystyrene expanded by gas. It is lightweight and tough and is good for use as insulation. It is used in a number of different products such as packaging material, furniture and sports equipment.

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