Mechanical recycling of oil-derived polymers is certainly our best option to reduce pollution, save raw materials, and protect ourselves and the environment from the adverse effects of waste disposal. However, the presence of contaminants, including other types of plastics, that are mixed in during the recycling collection process or during the mechanical waste sorting stage could adversely affect the quality of the recycled product, leading to the recycling of a poor-quality secondary material. In this work, the influence of a biodegradable contaminant on the mechanical recycling of a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) sample was investigated by rheological (shear and non-isothermal elongation) and mechanical analyses. The results showed that 2% of the contaminant is able to influence the rheological, shear, and isothermal elongation properties of recycled LDPE, while the results of the mechanical tests showed that after one extrusion cycle, the main tensile properties were not significantly affected by the presence of the contaminant, but after only two cycles of extrusions, some significant reduction in the final properties began to appear. In short, the presence of 2% of a biodegradable co-polyester in a LDPE matrix gives rise to a more pronounced decay of the rheological and mechanical properties, but, after two extrusion steps, both rheological and mechanical properties seem still useful for the production of film.

Titone V., Botta L., Mistretta M.C., La Mantia F.P. (2023). Influence of a biodegradable contaminant on the mechanical recycling of a low-density polyethylene sample. POLYMER ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE [10.1002/pen.26588].

Influence of a biodegradable contaminant on the mechanical recycling of a low-density polyethylene sample

Titone V.;Botta L.;Mistretta M. C.;La Mantia F. P.
2023-01-01

Abstract

Mechanical recycling of oil-derived polymers is certainly our best option to reduce pollution, save raw materials, and protect ourselves and the environment from the adverse effects of waste disposal. However, the presence of contaminants, including other types of plastics, that are mixed in during the recycling collection process or during the mechanical waste sorting stage could adversely affect the quality of the recycled product, leading to the recycling of a poor-quality secondary material. In this work, the influence of a biodegradable contaminant on the mechanical recycling of a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) sample was investigated by rheological (shear and non-isothermal elongation) and mechanical analyses. The results showed that 2% of the contaminant is able to influence the rheological, shear, and isothermal elongation properties of recycled LDPE, while the results of the mechanical tests showed that after one extrusion cycle, the main tensile properties were not significantly affected by the presence of the contaminant, but after only two cycles of extrusions, some significant reduction in the final properties began to appear. In short, the presence of 2% of a biodegradable co-polyester in a LDPE matrix gives rise to a more pronounced decay of the rheological and mechanical properties, but, after two extrusion steps, both rheological and mechanical properties seem still useful for the production of film.
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Titone V., Botta L., Mistretta M.C., La Mantia F.P. (2023). Influence of a biodegradable contaminant on the mechanical recycling of a low-density polyethylene sample. POLYMER ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE [10.1002/pen.26588].
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