Design 4 Recycling

In the design phase it is hugely important to know the difficulties that recyclers have and how their work can be improved by better design. A good “Design-4-Recycling” will improve the recyclability of materials used.
MGG Polymers is partner in the European funded research Project Poly-CE (link https://www.polyce-project.eu/ ) in which recommendations are being developed for this purpose.
Several of the findings are summarized as follows:

  • Keep injection moulded parts reasonable in size so that they do not get lost in the recycling process.
  • Make sure that the thickness of the material is > 1 mm
  • Per design try to reduce the number of polymers to a minimum
  • Do not use exotic polymer types, but stick to the standard polymertypes
  • Use halogen free polymers
  • Use thermoplastics instead of elastomers and thermosets in foams.
  • Use rubber in a solid and bulky form and do not use silicon or foamed rubbers
  • Avoid connecting parts permanently - mechanical fixation with moderate forces are preferred
  • Choose virgin material for transparent or otherwise demanding parts.

MGG Polymers happily receives designers for an in-depth exchange of thoughts on issues like Design-4-Recycling.

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Chris Slijkhuis

Commercial General Manager
T: +43 7476 77488
slijkhuis@mgg-polymers.com