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Recycling of Polymers

Course Dates

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Duration: 3 Days

Fee: €1095  including course manual, certification, lunch and refreshments

Programme Overview:

Outside of the plastics industry, recycling of these materials is not understood. This course sets out to explain and identify what the EU requirements are for recycling, what polymers are effectively recycled, how they are used, identified, sorted, washed and reclaimed into re-useable materials. The course further explains how these materials are modified by the use of additives, gives examples of end-use applications and how to design new plastic products from an ethical point of view, eg, selecting plastics with low carbon footprints, designing components which use less energy to process and convert into products, good and poor ethical design practices when designing with these materials are explained. The course introduces an ethical Design For Manufacture concept for plastic components.  The course assumes no prior knowledge of plastics from the start.


Day 1

EU recycling laws, Statistics, and Directives, including Life cycle directive, WEEE directive, ELV directive. Polymer recycling statistic and targets for EU member states.
Overview of polymers currently recycled, including recycle polymer ID numbers, polymer types, nature, properties, costs, recycled values, typical use applications and environmental issues, including polyolefines PP, HDPE, LDPE films.
Styrenics (PS, HIPS, SAN, ABS), Acrylics, Polycarbonates, PET and PVC – nature, properties, costs, recycled values, use applications, and environmental issues covered.

Day 2

The recycling process, typical cycle explained, washing and sorting techniques, including macro- sorting, near IR spectroscopy, X-ray sorting, laser-aided techniques, marker systems explained.
Washing and granulation, Sink/floating sorting, selective dissolution methods explained. Recycling methods explained, including PET bottles to granules, LDPE file to granules, Acrylic dissolution and reconstitution via REX extrusion etc
Re-constituted material testing and characterisation including test methods undertaken, spectroscopic appraisal, MFI testing, tensile strength test methods explained.

Day 3

Additive recycled material property enhancement, including polywood, clothing fibers, building products, laminate etc. Explanation of how the recycled polymer is used. Design of recycling, including theory, carbon-reducing design practice explained. Examples redesigning an existing product to reduce carbon footprint.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon Completion of this Course, a person will be able to:

LO1 – Understand which plastics are effectively recycled and which are not.

LO2 – Have gained an understanding of the EU Recycling Directives governing the use and application of these materials.

LO3 – Understand how plastics are identified in a waste stream.

LO4 – Understand how sorted waste plastics are converted back into useable materials.

LO5 – Make ethical decisions when selecting plastics for user applications.

LO6 – Use an ethical Design For Manufacture approach to designing new plastic products in the future.

Who should attend

Designers involved in Plastic Part Design,
People who wish to learn about the plastics recycling industry,
Those working in the Recycling Industry,
People making ethical choices about the use of plastics, etc.


Recycling of Polymers

This course can be tailored to run as an in-company course meeting you required needs

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The successful completion of this programme by the learner does not lead to an award, but a certificate of attendance is issued to each participant.

Safety Shoes are not required for this course

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