CHICAGO - MRC Polymers Inc. of Chicago has introduced a new generation of controlled-rheology recycled polycarbonate, polyester and nylon. The resins provide a narrow viscosity range, shortened cycle times, reduced scrap and better dimensional parts, the firm said.
The products are suitable for use in automotive instrument panels and wheel covers, lawn and garden tractor grilles and computer keyboards.
Report discusses Australian recycling
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - A major Australian report on plastics recycling says inadequate incentives exist at all levels of the plastics recycling chain, impeding development of an effective market.
The report was prepared by the federally funded Bureau of Industry Economics of Canberra.
``Plastics Recycling: Economic Issues and Implications,'' suggests Australian government policy should be directed at removing impediments to recycling. Impediments include a failure to accurately price landfill space and a failure to charge waste generators, particularly households, in proportion to the amount of waste they generate.
The report also identifies the lack of markets for recycled material as a major obstacle and says low virgin resin prices depress recycled resin prices.
The report says significant quantities of waste plastic are imported into Australia and it is unreasonable to expect Australian producers to subsidize their recycling.
Recycling project uses Weima grinders
SPARTA, N.J. - Large-hopper grinders designed and manufactured by Weima GmbH of Ilsford, Germany, have been chosen for two plastics recycling projects partially funded by the American Plastics Council of Washington.
Svend Andersen, president of All-Grind Inc. of Sparta, the North American agent for Weima, said the grinders are being installed at wTe Recycling/Star's Boston recycling research project, and at MBA Polymers Inc. in Berkeley, Calif. Andersen said the large grinders, most common in the wood recycling industry, will be used for big items such as 55-gallon drums. The larger of the two machines has a 47- by 59-inch hopper and 4-foot rotor, and costs about $148,000.
The Boston project is focusing on scrap reduction and a wet grinding system. The California project will use a pilot recycling line, including the grinder, to process auto parts, electronic and appliance components and other large consumer scrap.