Machine Developed That Can Separate 12 Types Of Plastic
Nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced every year. Much of which is disposed of incorrectly or provides difficulty in recycling, resulting in polluting the planet further. To tackle the plastic waste issue we are facing, scientists have helped divert us away from this problem by creating new technology.
The Plastic Waste Machine
This equipment has been designed to identify and separate 12 types of plastics according to chemical composition. Traditionally, it can be difficult to differentiate plastic for recycling due to the many combinations of chemical compounds and additives. This is why the development of this technology has taken place.
The machine uses a new hyperspectral camera and machine learning technology that can see the following plastics: PE, PP, PET, PS, PVC, PVDF, POM, PEEK, ABS, PMMA, PC, and PA12. This technology has been described as ‘a big step along the way’ in separating types of plastic to an almost pure product in regards to chemical composition for recycling.
Who Designed The Machine?
Researchers from the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering at Aarhus University are behind this innovation. This machine has now been tested and is scheduled to be implemented at PLASTIX and Dansk Affaldsminimering Aps.
“The technology we’ve developed in collaboration with the university is nothing short of a breakthrough for our ability to recycle plastics. We look forward to installing the technology in our processing hall and starting in earnest on the long journey towards 100% utilisation of waste plastic,”
The Benefits Of This New Technology
Finding new innovations that can enhance and improve the recycling of plastic waste comes with a whole world of benefits. As we see year on year, the impact that this material is having on the planet is monumental, and for the sustainability of our future we must come up with new technology, processes, and ways of living to help reverse the impacts.