Quality concepts for the improved use of recycled polymeric materials: A review
2008 (English)In: Macromolecular materials and engineering (Print), ISSN 1438-7492, E-ISSN 1439-2054, Vol. 293, no 4, 274-297 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Polymeric waste materials should be considered resources for the manufacture of new products through recycling processes, with a similar status to virgin fossil-based plastics and biopolymers from renewable resources. Several efforts can be made to achieve this qualitative quantum leap in plastics recycling, and consequently introduce recycled products, with competitive performance, to the market. Scientific knowledge about the degradation processes during the life cycle and the development of fast and reliable analytical methods for the quality assessment of reccycled plastics are fundamental to guarantee their performance in new applications. Different strategies - restabilisation, rebuilding, compatibilisation, and addition of elastomers and fillers can be used to upgrade the structure and properties of polymeric waste streams. This review discusses recent developments in the mechanical recycling of plastics, focusing on how to produce quality materials from waste streams and, thus, contribute to a sustainable management of resources and energy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 293, no 4, 274-297 p.
degradation, mechanical recycling, quality analysis, reprocessing, upgrading, brominated flame retardants, high-density polyethylene, high-impact, polystyrene, electronic equipment weee, gas chromatography/mass, spectrometry, multicell imaging chemiluminescence, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, postconsumer greenhouse films, solid-phase microextraction, commingled plastic wastes
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-17488DOI: 10.1002/mame.200700393ISI: 000255430200002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-42949164514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-17488DiVA: diva2:335532
QC 201005252010-08-052010-08-052010-09-20Bibliographically approved