How to recycle?

If you have any type of e-waste at home, just use our Green Gene Bins and we'll recycle it for you. If you want to read more, read it below and don't forget to check our specially curated links.

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A plastic material is any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. We can reduce the use of plastics by reusing and recycling it again and again.

How is it (plastic) recycled?

Plastic recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastics and reprocessing the material into useful products, sometimes completely different in form from their original state. For instance, this could mean melting down soft drink bottles and then casting them as plastic chairs and tables. Typically a plastic is not recycled into the same type of plastic, and products made from recycled plastics are often not recyclable.

Before recycling, most plastics are sorted according to their resin type. Polyethylene terephthalate, commonly referred to as PET, for instance, has a resin code of 1. Most plastic reclaimers do not rely on the RIC now; they use automatic sort systems to identify the resin, such as near infrared (NIR) technology. Some plastic products are also separated by color before they are recycled. The plastic recyclables are then shredded. These shredded fragments then undergo processes to eliminate impurities like paper labels. This material is melted and often extruded into the form of pellets which are then used to manufacture other products.

When compared to other materials like glass and metal materials, plastic polymers require greater processing (Heat treating, Thermal depolymerization and monomer recycling) to be recycled.[citation needed] Plastics have a low entropy of mixing, which is due to the high molecular weight of their large polymer chains. A macromolecule interacts with its environment along its entire length, so its enthalpy of mixing is large compared to that of an organic molecule with a similar structure. Heating alone is not enough to dissolve such a large molecule; because of this, plastics must often be of nearly identical composition to mix efficiently.

Environmental Impact of Plastics

The fact that plastic is durable means it degrades slowly. In addition, burning plastic can sometimes result in toxic fumes. Aside from trying to get rid of plastic, creating it can be costly to the environment as well. It takes large amounts of chemical pollutants to create plastic, as well as significant amounts of fossil fuels.

Plastics are durable and degrade very slowly; the chemical bonds that make plastic so durable make it equally resistant to natural processes of degradation. Since the 1950s, one billion tons of plastic have been discarded and may persist for hundreds or even thousands of years. Perhaps the biggest environmental threat from plastic comes from nurdles,which are the raw material from which all plastics are made. They are tiny pre-plastic pellets that kill large numbers of fish and birds that mistake them for food. Prior to the ban on the use of CFCs in extrusion of polystyrene (and general use, except in life-critical firesuppression systems; see Montreal Protocol), the production of polystyrene contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer; however, non-CFCs are currently used in the extrusion process.

E-waste Recycling Process

The first stage is to separate the monitors, then put them through mechanical separation, where everything is crushed automatically and small pieces separated. In metal extraction, the first metal that comes out is the separation of iron through magnets.

Next is a separation of a few chemicals through the process of eddy current. At this point of process, usually plastic, aluminum and non-ferrous materials get separated, based on the density. Generally, all these processes take place in a closed flask.

The third and the final stage is refining, where, through metallurgical process, smelting and electro-refining takes place. This is the most important phase of e-waste recycling process. After this process, all the metals like copper, lead and other materials are separated.

Some tips for e-waste recycling

1. If your item are still in working conditions offer them on, or any other services.

2. You should take part in the Green Gene Drive and we'll help you by recycling your domestic e-waste free of charge. Or consider getting your school or other community group involved by scheduling a collection event. You can always contact us for such an event.

3. Throw your e-waste into this Green Gene Bin. The list of all the locations where the Green Gene Bins are placed is here.

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