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I’ve send you an email
Found this https://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=7945https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kLUnlSEMa4
Maybe contact these people >> http://www.recplas.co.uk/acrylic-pmma-recycling.html
PMMA is very difficult to recycle, involves a lot of energy and the toxic contents of the acrylic are a potential environmental hazard. Equally, acrylic is not biodegradable, and so wont break down over time. One method of recycling is pyrolysis, in which the PMMA is extremely heated in the absence of oxygen. Another procedure is depolymerisation, which involves heating the acrylic until the monomers are separate. (Source)
Im not familiar with BPA but if I am correct that is what is removed from plastics that makes it food grade safe correct?
Perhaps letting us know a location and contact person to reach out to?
Im sure someone would visit with empty hands and haul off loads of your plastics.
I’d say first join your own local precious plastic community https://map.preciousplastic.com
Everyone will face the issue of not having enough money to start a project, but if you can just partner with say the 5 people near you who already have everything you need… you won’t have to spend a dime!
Currently, I have seen 9 projects on GoFundMe related to Precious Plastics, on average they are all asking for $7500 to get started.
Why start alone when you’ll most likely face issues, that others have already faced and overcome.
Also educate your neighbourhood about what you’re doing and the problem you’re trying to solve.Go to the library, public spaces, schoolls etc. etc. I’m sure people will see value in what you’re doing and they will/may donate either money or plastics towards your project!.
Prices all vary depending on how and where you get the parts you need for the machines and also labour. if you are skilled in welding or have someone to do it for free,it lowers your costs. Also if you use parts from a junkyard it will lower costs.
in Europe for example, I would say each machine can be built with €1000 (purchasing new parts and including labour)
Start with the parts lists and try to find out what prices locally you encounter
A file with a list of item you will need can be found here https://preciousplastic.com/en/videos/download.html
You might find a few people listed here https://map.preciousplastic.com/
I have not tried, or know about marine litter, but I would assume as you said it will be difficult
Nature has taken its toll already on the plastics, it may have barnacles, coral and other stuff growing/attached to marine plastics already.
I think that first figuring out how to have ONLY plastics in your source would be the 1st step. I’m sure (industrial) chemicals can perhaps clean these plastics for you..
but like you said the types of plastics will also be hard to identify.
But I could be wrong.
Hmm not an expert in this field, but how about you make use of the plastics as a fibre within the wax to strengthen it?
However, this means you’ll be making larger pieces of plastics into microplastics. So please ensure that you are able to get the plastic(s) out of the wax (i assume just by using warm water should separate them both?)
Also kinds of reminds me of a Lava lamp 🙂 looks cool
I’ve thought of the same idea of making a big plastic bottle to display to people and encourage them to put their plastics in it.
I was thinking of doing this with plexiglass, but to have such a large bottle made will cost ALOT
Also just a heads up bottles that are not clear and see through like this oneWill be difficult to show the meaning/purpose of collecting the plastics, if they cant see it
However a cheap alternative might be something like this
Make a huge bottle out of bottles itself?
Moulds are hard to come across by, indeed. Most moulds end up a huge investment, and you’ll only recuperate the investment if there is a market for whatever the mould makes.
I think it might be over at https://bazar.preciousplastic.com/?category=moulds ? These are all user created moulds.
Nice to see people making a move abroad and collaborating collectively.
However, May I just give some advice for the http://social-plastic.net/burning/ section on your site?
You should try your best to not mention this method of “removing” plastic. Moreover, if you do, mention what the industry average pollution of this is, and try to persuade people to upcycle their waste.
Especially when I navigated to the section “Do it yourself” and then I saw “burning” I was a bit confused. Furthermore, perhaps mention if someone does burn plastics, how to fully safely do it and perhaps use the energy generated from it and put it to good use.
and perhaps tell me more about this “Fraunhofer Institut” oven, I might want one (although I am against burning plastics in general)
Just my two cents. I wish you all luck.
Im not an expert here, but how much of a difference will 0.3MM be? I dont think you’ll ever be putting plastics into a shredder that is 0.3mm so it shouldnt get stuck.
But like i said im no expert, just my thoughts.
I’ll be coming on the 20th, with some of my inventory….. I’ve got too much PET plastic bottles in my basement.
Interesting! DO you guys also sell perhaps a lower priced model of wheels?
I would love to have get my hands on a pair of these for testing out in Europe.
I’m currently asking the same questions.
My team and I haven’t tested any materials as we haven’t gotten down to shredding as yet or melting as yet.
But I can say HDPE (the bottle caps of cola bottles) are super hard! Some people like hard cases (me personally not)
While on the other hand, PP plastics are a bit softer.
I’m not an engineer or anything, but I’m confident that a softer case for phone is better than a hard one (as it will take impact if someone drops the phone) . And when it comes to bowls something hard is best so it withstands kids breaking it, and can also be placed into a dishwasher.
Hope this helps you out a bit. And it may be down to futher research on your end, who whom you’ll sell these items.
So if I am correct from this thread what i read is:
The ideal motor specs are:
* needs to be slow 50-70 RPM
* Used 220v power supply, and draws less than 2Kw per hour
* Needs to be “strong” between 1HP-2HP
A mould would be pretty expensive for such a table, perhaps just melt plastic, place it on a flat surface and place another sheet of metal on top to and kind of make a sandwich of it (with plastic in the middle and make sure you place heavy weights on it
And then try to sand it down until its a smooth even surface.
(Note I am not speaking from experience here, just giving my own idea/suggestion/thoughts)