United approach to going ‘green’

United approach to going ‘green’

PRE exhibitors to share solutions on how the recycling of plastics can be made economically viable

NEWS recyclingCompanies exhibiting at the Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE) at the Telford International Centre on June 16 and 17 will showcase the latest technology developed to keep costs low, reduce material contamination and save energy during production. Meanwhile experts from The Plastics Consultancy Network (PCN) will offer free advice on controlling processing costs and designing for cost reduction.

Never has it been more important to ensure that the process of recycling plastics is carried out as efficiently as possible without compromising on quality according to PRE event director Steve Crowhurst, “Plastics recycling plays a crucial part in our circular economy but with the downturn in oil prices lowering the cost of virgin material, plastics recyclers are operating in very challenging market conditions,” said Steve. Now in its second year, PRE is an exhibition and conference specifically for plastics recycling professionals. Anyone with an interest in boosting plastics recycling as well as the use of recycled plastics is invited to attend PRE to learn, network and find solutions to the challenges currently facing the industry. Material contamination will be addressed in both the exhibition and the free PRE conference. Fimic will present a self-cleaning filter that has the ability to deal with higher levels of contamination with incredibly low wear on the machine.

Paola Usa of Fimic SRL said: “The biggest challenge is that the feedstock is continuously changing, in quality and also in the level of contamination. Whatever truckload the recycler buys today will never be like the one he will buy tomorrow.” tackling contamination Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd will be showcasing a solution to the problem of metal contamination in the material stream. Its magnetic separators capture any ferrous metal contamination in the process, preventing equipment damage and production downtime. Washing systems for highly contaminated post-consumer plastic waste will be covered by Herbold Meckesheim in the free PRE Conference, while Impact Solutions will present a session on new intelligent technology for collecting and separating. An energy efficient solution for processing PET flakes will be showcased by Regis Machinery.

The company has recently supplied Pelton Polymers with a new extrusion line incorporating Infra-Red Rotating Drum (IRD) technology. direct heat solution An alternative to conventional dry-air systems, IRD uses direct heat radiation to crystalise and dry flakes. Energy consumption during production can be reduced significantly, with savings on each kg of polymer that is dried prior to extrusion. As well as addressing energy costs, manufacturing technology is evolving to meet the demand for greater efficiency and flexibility, and this will be evident throughout the exhibition halls. Compounders and masterbatch producers are invited to the Gala stand for example to find out about the new EFLEX® pelletizing system designed to allow very small product quantities and frequent material changes.

It saves valuable resources and cleaning time but also eliminates the need to reheat fresh process water, thereby saving energy costs. PRE is supported by the British Plastics Federation Recycling Group, Plastics Recyclers Europe, WRAP, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC), RECOUP (Recycling of Used Plastics) and RAPRA and Smithers Rapra. It will be co-located with Plastics Design & Moulding (PDM15) and a new event: Plastics Packaging Show. Visitors who register for PRE will have access to the exhibition floor of all three events, featuring over 100 companies and organisations.

For further information and to register for free please visit www.plasticsrecyclingexpo.com

 

Stephanie Cornwall
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