What can be done with Soft PVC fr cable insulation
I have access to soft PVC regrinds from cable insulation. Its scrap after grinding and removing the copper wires. It’s sometimes mixed with other polymers hence not eligible for PVC recycling. I can get between 500 – 1000mt per month. Is there anything which can be done from this waste – ie turning it into some kinda product ? Any input is very much appreciated. You can also email me directly at [email protected] should you want to work together. Cheers!
I’m from Turkey and i have the exact same material and haven’t figured out how to seperate the wires and the pvc from the material. We are thinking of making outdoor floor tiles. First we melted it but the output of the smoke was terrible, then we added epoxy for them to bond an it broke 🙁
Hope to hear your developments.
interested in this topic too, as there are many others products [and lots of industry waste] of soft PVC. so far, the info that I’ve found is that the recycling is pretty similar to the process with rigid PVC.
I’m curious if anyone has more info on this, or made more tests.
also, the only product I’ve seen so far with recycled soft PVC is shoe soles.
have a look at this : https://www.ecomena.org/recycling-pvc/. Check “Vinyloop” and https://www.recovinyl.com which contains a list of companies. Eventually you find also suitable products and methods.
DIY wise, it might get challenging due to the hazardous properties PVC. For the split process (wire left overs) you could use magnets, no idea; just guessing.
Not to discourage too much, but PVC is a tough plastic to work with. It recycles great, but you get HCl byproduct from reheating it that can seriously ruin equipment if it isn’t made of resistant material. Having wires in is probably even tougher if you’re extruding things.
My best suggestion is to separate the wires before grinding. Any extruding separation is going to clog a sieve really quickly.
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