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Recycling Other plastics

Other Plastics

Example: Acrylic (PMMA) Recycling

It is possible to recycle certain types of acrylic and it is broken up into two main types, polymethyl acrylate (PMA) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA).

 

PMMA (polyMethyl MethAcrylate) is a clear, glass-like plastic that is formed using acrylic acid.  Commonly PMMA is used as a safer and stronger replacement for glass and is a better insulator too!  PMMA is half the weight of glass and does not shatter, it can also be cut and shaped with a saw.  Acrylic will not decay over a period of decades if cared for properly.

Uses:

  • Aquariums
  • Shower Doors
  • Windows
  • Skylights
  • Bullet-proof screens
  • Transport
  • Advertising signs
  • Construction

PMMA is very difficult to recycle, and is not biodegradable, and so will not 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.

 

Other Plastic types are:

 

Agecko UK Ltd, as a leading waste management provider, use innovative and traditional solutions ensuring the waste and recycling option chosen best fits the customers’ needs. Contact our experienced waste management team to discuss your requirements for short or long term rental and collection frequencies.

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