Re-usability of plastics
Author(s)Bonas, Calvin (Calvin A.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
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A research project was designed in order to learn more about the quality of recycled plastics when compared to new material. The study was carried out by researching and learning about how the recycling process operates. Further research was then conducted on the seven different types of resins that exist in the recycling world today. After collecting the data, an experiment was devised in order to learn more about the capabilities of using recycled plastics for regular household applications. The results of the experiment showed that most of the seven recyclable plastics could actually be used again as along as special care was taken to ensure that the quality of the recycled product was equivalent to that of the virgin material. However, it was determined that a more rigorous recycling program for plastic would be feasible but it is not a practical endeavor for economic purposes. As a result, many of the manufacturers within the plastics realm prefer to use new plastic as opposed to recycling their products.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2005.Includes bibliographical references (p. 42-43).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology