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Electrcial wire plastic

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Brandon Cooper brandon101

Electrcial wire plastic

11/10/2019 at 05:23

Hello Everyone

First  of what a  amzing forum you have  here..
Ill give you a  quick background my  name  is  brandon i am involved  in all aspects  to metal recycling .

I have  just started  learning about  plasti  so i am a  real newbie.

The  main reason i was  looking  for plastic reuse or  recycling  is  because  my  company has  very  large  volume  of mixed  plastic waste  and  i am trying to figure out  what we  could  do better  as  company  for  our  environment.

We  have  electrical wire  recycling equipment seperating the  plastic from the  copper  and  Aluminum.

Does  any one  have  any ideas  where  i voukd start to figure  out the  type of  plastic i have  or  what we  can do with it

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11/10/2019 at 10:39

Here is a link to an interesting article, giving a good starting point of the process,
recycling electrical cable PVC sheath.


11/10/2019 at 07:51

Please don’t take this message as a “don’t bother” type post as I truly believe their is a huge market awaiting a discovered use that we can commonly replicate as “little guys” in recycling, however my unintentional demoralising speach starts now:

While i’m hoping more viable solutions appear, unfortunately insulated cable plastic is hard to deal with.
In part this has to do with the fact that depending on each cables properties (for example UV resistance) many unknown additives may have been used which at best might cause small issues with processing or at worst react with each other.
On top of this a lot of the cables are made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) which currently seems very hard for “smaller scale (meaning pretty much anything but a factory dedicated to handling PVC melt/extrusion)” recycling thanks to the fact it can give off gasses like chlorine when you try and melt it.
Adding on to this, while most of your cable insulation could be PVC, it isn’t the only type of insulation used meaning you could have a ton of PVC mixed with random amounts of Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyurethane (PUR), Chlorinated Polyethylene (CPE), Nylon and probably some others I haven’t given thought to.

With all that said though I would love for people to jump on and reply with some new breakthrough as I do believe their is a huge potential for salvage yards etc. with mindsets like yours to be able to save on waste fees and increase profit all while feeling good “doing the right thing”.

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