The plastic recycling process
- Collection: The first step is to collect the used materials. This can be done by separating them from other waste materials and collecting them separately, or by having people bring their used tiles and plastics to designated collection centers.
- Sorting: The next step is for a sorting facility to separate the different types of plastics and tiles. This is done so that they can be sold to companies that specialize in buying these materials from consumers who want to get rid of them responsibly.
- Washing: This happens so that the quality of each type of plastic or tile is preserved as much as possible before being sold on to another company that will use them in new products or sell them individually at retail stores like Walmart or Target where people can buy them cheaply enough that recycling becomes economically viable for everyone involved: consumers get a cheap price on new products made out of old materials; manufacturers save money by not having to pay workers more money than usual due to higher overhead costs associated with buying new materials instead of reusing existing ones; and finally manufacturers benefit from being able to make more products using less resources which helps keep costs low for consumers but also increases profits
- Resizing: Resizing is the process of breaking down larger pieces of material into smaller pieces. This is done so that the material can be further processed into a final product. Resizing may involve shredding, granulating, or pelletizing
- Identification and separation: The resized materials are then identified and separated based on their type, such as PVC, PET, or HDPE, using various methods, including spectroscopy, magnetic separation, and air classification. This step involves separating different types of plastics and tiles by type (plastic or ceramic) as well as color. The reason for this is that different plastics can be recycled in different ways (e.g., recycled plastic #1 can be made into new plastic products, whereas recycled plastic #4 cannot). It’s also important to separate different materials because not all items are accepted by local recycling centers—for example, some centers don’t accept broken tile due to its sharp edges!
- Compounding: Finally, the separated materials are compounded or melted to produce new raw materials, which can be used to make new products, such as tiles or plastic products. This step requires special equipment and expertise to ensure that the materials are properly compounded to meet desired specifications.
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