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New Recycling Technology Turns Plastic Waste into Reusable Raw Materials

New Recycling Technology Turns Plastic Waste into Reusable Raw Materials

Polystar’s one-step machines are designed to reprocess plastic film and flexible packaging materials

As Australia’s population grows, more and more consumable ‘throwaway’ products are hitting landfill. In fact, a total of 3,513,100 tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia in 2016–17, of which only 11.8% was recycled.

There is more pressure on Australian businesses to find new ways to recycle their waste. This includes plastic film waste (such as wrapping), which is responsible for exacerbating the overflow of landfills and contributing to the waste management crisis.

A New Solution

Polystar has introduced a new and effective way to recycle these plastics: a range of one-step machines designed for reprocessing polyethylene and polypropylene flexible packaging material.

Applied Machinery’s Managing Director David Macdonald says this is a great opportunity for Aussie manufacturers to manage their waste more effectively. “Manufacturers who want an easy, efficient solution to plastic film recycling now have the opportunity with Polystar recycling machines,” he said.

Polystar recycling machine
Pictured: Polystar’s sophisticated pelletising system. Source: Supplied

How It Works

Easy to maintain and operate, these machines are designed to take up minimal space while producing high output. Plastics are fed to the machine, which cuts and compacts the plastic to produce high-quality pellets. These plastic pellets are ready to be fed straight back into the manufacturing process—saving on raw material and waste disposal costs.

Pictured: Polystar Repro-One plastic recycling machine. Source: Supplied.

With its pelletising system and integrated cutter compactor, the need for pre-cutting is (in most cases) eliminated completely. This helps produce materials that are higher quality thanks to its minimal degradation and less time spent in the extrusion process.

“Polystar requires less space and energy consumption whilst producing high quality plastic pellets, which are immediately reusable. The Polystar machines are a must get for companies that are serious about plastic film recycling.”

—Applied Machinery Managing Director, David Macdonald.

In addition to the double degassing in the first extrude, the venting area—the connection between the first and second extruder—serves as a third degassing section (optional) to further remove the ink and extra humidity level from the material.

The unvented extruder has a very short screw L:D ratio, in which the material travels in the extruder for the shortest time and distance. This results in minimal change in material property and higher output comparing to vented extruder.

The re-positioning of filtration before degassing ensures a superior degassing effect, producing excellent-quality pellets from heavily printed material.

It’s an exciting step forward for Australia’s waste management for a cleaner future.

Take a look at other recycling equipment available for sale.

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