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Plastics Recovery and ReUse

PLASTICS are one of the most durable and versatile materials available, but they can also be one of the most polluting types of materials on the planet.
Plastics are also one of the most convertible materials, as they can be recycled and recombined with other materials to produce new products.


REMANUFACTURED PRODUCTS

ADVANCED PLASTIC RECYCLING is involved in the manufacture of wood plastic composite (WPC) materials for a wide range of uses in the domestic, commercial, industrial, and marine settings.

Illustrated below are several of the range of products manufactured by PLASTIC RECYCLERS AUSTRALIA.

Raised Garden Kit                                                         Garden Stepping Blocks

                                           


Wheel Stops                                                                 Garden Stakes                                   

                                                                 



Another recycled plastics manufacturer is REPLAS.
Amongst its many products is recycled plastic sheeting in 8 thicknesses from 7mm to 40mm, and in sizes of 2400mm x 1200mm. These sheets can then be converted into other products by the consumer, home handy person, tradesperson, or business operator. Here's a feature wall and a climbing wall.

      

 Source : Replas Sheeting Product Guide


The next two images are of two products I have manufactured from recycled plastic sheet. The tools needed are very basic - measuring tape, marker, a saw, and a plastic welder. The exciting bit is fastening everything together using the plastic welder.

        

               Composting toilet                                     Solar food dryer
             

These two products have been functioning very well for years. 

The examples above illustrate what can be achieved, but in Australia, most plastics still end up in landfill.

Let's now look at what we should be doing from a national, regional, and local perspective.

 

ENERGY FROM PLASTICS

Plastics are sourced from fossil energy - oil, gas, and coal. Therefore they have a calorific value at least equal to coal and so can be used as an alternative fuel and energy source.

The video below illustrates the enormous potential of diverting so-called "non-recyclable" plastics from landfill. 


Converting Solid Waste To Renewable Energy provides a lot of information about what's happening in the US, but what about Australia?

If people knew about the value of plastics that they throw away, and communities were given the right incentives to recover and convert plastics to energy at the local level, then transformation of local economies can occur. 

Here's an example, and remember, this video goes back to 2009. 


Now go to this link for more information --> Plastic To Oil Fantastic

Imagine if neighbourhoods came together and diverted their non-recyclable plastics for conversion to energy. What a transformation that would produce.

Imagine every school and every community doing this. 

Imagine what could be done with all that energy. 

Imagine by how much CO2 emissions could be reduced.

There are many ways to keep plastics out of landfills and to recover their energy potential. But what is absent right now is the capacity and the knowledge at the local level, and the infrastructure to do it.


Now have a look at this creative yet very simple way of capturing plastics in marinas, ports and yacht clubs. 

THE SEABIN PROJECT

It’s a very small scale device but is still an important addition to getting plastics out of the near-shore ocean environment.

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