Recycling and Re-use of Waste Plastics

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Oct 10 2019 - £525.00

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Course duration: One Day

Shawbury, Shropshire, UK


As the drive to reduce the environmental impact of waste plastics continues, plastics recycling rate targets are rising, numerous initiatives are underway and regulations are being reviewed.

This comprehensive course covers  all aspects of plastics recycling, the regulations affecting it, the novel technological processes that have been developed to re-use the material and the possible alternatives to recycling.

The course will equip delegates with the knowledge to understand this complex subject, to make informed recycling strategy choices and make the most of the opportunities which exist within the industry.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain a broad overview of all aspects of plastics recycling.
  • Understand the options available for the re-use of waste plastic to produce a wide range of commercial products.
  • Insight into the economic viability of plastics recycling and the factors that will influence its future growth and development.
  • Gain an understanding of the different technologies available for the decontamination and separation of plastic waste. 
  • Appreciate the differences between mechanical and chemical recycling techniques, their applicability and their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Understand how food grade products can be produced from waste plastic and what tests are required to meet FDA and EU regulations.
  • Understand how to assess the quality of recycled plastic, its processability and the properties of the products that are manufactured from it.

Course Content

  • Background and History of Plastics Recycling - An overview of the history of plastics recycling, the development of the recycling industry and the development of the recycling infrastructure.
  • Market and Regulations – Description of the market and statistics for different plastic products and the potential economic benefits of re-using waste plastic. The regulations that apply to the both food grade and non-food grade recycled plastics and the future direction of regulations.
  • The Circular Economy – The efforts being made to reduce and manage plastic waste and improve the recyclability and sustainability of the material.
  • Size Reduction and Separation Technologies – Overview of the current technologies used to separate and sort mixed plastic waste. Includes developments in the separation of black plastic waste and the efforts to solve difficult separation problems, e.g. laminates.
  • Decontamination Technologies – Introduction to the variety of physical and chemical processes used to remove fibrous, metallic and other contaminants from waste plastics streams.
  • Food Grade Recycled Plastics – The “Superclean” recycling processes used to produce food grade recycled plastics and the regulations and testing protocols that apply to these materials.
  • Compounding and processing of recycled plastics – The additives that are used to assist the processing of waste plastics and enhance the properties and in-service stability of the recycled products
  • Other Recycling Methods - The range of other methods and techniques that can be used to recycle waste plastic, including pyrolysis, incineration and depolymerisation.
  • Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics – Introduction to biodegradable and compostable plastics and their role in the reduction of plastic waste and its impact on the environment.

Who Will Benefit?

This course will benefit those involved in the plastics product supply chain who have responsibility for environmental impact or anyone requiring up-to-date information on how the industry and current regulations work

Presenter Information

This course is presented by:

Dr Martin Forrest – Principal Consultant, Smithers Rapra

You can read more about our presenters by clicking on their expert profiles