This book describes todays plastics recycling technology offering a wealth of information in one convenient resource an introductory chapter gives an overview of the field its terminology and the existing organizations and university programs involved in recycling the following chapters describe processes for reclaiming specific and commingled plastics with the actual recycling . Over the past 20 years recycling of plastics has increased dramatically this is important not only from the environmental point of view less landfill space is needed but also from the economic point of view because recycling allows energy and materials to be reused this book discusses some of the state of the art techniques of recycling . Understanding plastics recycling shows the true and often underestimated market potential of plastics recycling with analysis from economic ecological and technical perspectives it is aimed at both technical and non technical readers including decision makers in material suppliers plastic product manufacturers governmental agencies educators and anyone with a general interest in . Plastic is one of the worlds most used materials technically sophisticated lightweight and cheap plastics suit a broad spectrum of uses the problem with plastic lies not in how it is used which is generally harmless but in end of life management of products made from it since 1950 close to half of all plastic has ended up in landfill or dumped in the wild and only 9 of used . The process of heating and reshaping plastics sheet and film materials has been in use since the beginning of the plastics industry this process is known as thermoforming today this process is used for industrial products including signage housings and hot tubs it also produces much of the packaging in use today including blister packs egg cartons and food storage containers
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