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Recycling, Volume 3, Issue 4 (December 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Domestic waste thermoplastic material is recycled throughout the world; however, large quantities [...] Read more. Domestic waste thermoplastic material is recycled throughout the world; however, large quantities end up in landfill or contribute to uncontrolled pollution. This is due to the requirement to clean and then sort the material, which reduces recycling efficiency. A method has been developed to directly shred uncleaned, unsorted thermoplastic material, which is subsequently recycled into reinforced re-formative polymer lumber, for use in certain structural applications including railway sleepers, communication poles, and coastal defences. The re-formative polymer can be used in place of wooden or concrete materials, thus offering concomitant environmental benefits. As such, the re-formative polymer was studied to determine its thermal and mechanical properties and demonstrate its potential use in these structural applications.View Paper here.