The Future of Recycling Plastics
Jessica Zhang, Jonathen Chen
University Transition Program
Floor Location : J 017 V

Brief Overview:rnrnIn this experiment, we will propose a way of recycling thermoset plastics, which currently, cannot be reused.rnrnThrough the study of Looi Wan Bew's research and patenting, we have gained knowledge about this new way of recycling plastics. Through the molten mixture of a quantity of thermoplastics, thermoset plastics, binding agents and lubricants, a new plastic can be made. The molecules of the chemical ingredients will join together through Van Der Waal forces and the mixture of the plastics, binded by the binding agents, will form the new material named "Relivplastic." Lubricants are added to enhance the quality of the product, and the whole process is carried out through the use of a typical extruder with two screw barrels.rnrnThe experiment part of our project is to try and make Relivplastics in the laboratory. Our products will be shown at our project station.rnThe process of producing the Relivplastic and the advantages and disadvantages of this new material will be fully explained. We believe that Relivplastic could be a great way to help our environment as the thermoset plastics are burnt in incinerators which uses gas as fuel, contaminating our environment with an overdose of carbon dioxide. Or, they are dumped in landfills which take up space and money. Therefore, our solution to this problem will be a great improvement to environments around the world.rn