Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) recently released results from Phase 1 of its End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project which showed both the technical and economic feasibility of collecting and reprocessing various plastic auto parts in order to be reused or turned into new products. Phases 2 and 3 are currently being worked on.
William R. Carteaux, PLASTICS President & CEO said, “The ELV project is one of many demonstration projects that PLASTICS is leading to develop long-term, sustainable ways to give plastics a new life through recycling. These initial results are a promising indicator of the potential value that exists in recycled plastics from sources that haven’t been tapped yet.”
For the PLASTICS-led ELV project, 19 companies and organisations set out to create a model for how to create new sources of recycled plastics from old, scrap vehicles. The project focused specifically on plastic car bumpers, chosen both for their homogeneity of material and for their relative abundance. Recyclers and processors participating in the project were able to convert bumpers made of thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO), which are a broad category of durable plastic materials, into raw plastic materials that possessed many of the same qualities as virgin TPO.
Kendra Martin, PLASTICS’ vice president of industry affairs said, “While the recycled material could not directly replace virgin TPO in a high-demand application, we found that the material was very strong, and could be used for less-intensive applications on vehicles or serve as a feedstock for products in other sectors,” She continues, “These results are extremely encouraging for our ultimate goal, to create a large-scale recovery model for automotive plastics and marks an important step in the plastics industry’s work to make sure all plastic materials, including bumpers, are put to their highest and best use.”
To view the full report see it here www.plasticsindustry.org
We look forward to Phases 2 and 3 to find out the continuing results of ELV plastic recycling.