How NGR and Woodly are teaming up to develop recyclable wood-based plastics
According to the European Strategy for Plastics, by 2030 all plastic packaging placed on the EU market must be either reusable or easily recyclable. Material technology company Woodly, which develops recyclable wood-based plastic, has demonstrated the recyclability of its products, as well as the recyclability of the waste materials from all its production stages, with the help of plastic recycling machines from
This places Finnish-owned startupamong other environmentally responsible companies that collect all production material for recycling.
When processing biobased plastics like Woodly, special attention must be paid to low, uniform processing temperatures, increased sensitivity to shearing, moisture control and optimized residence times in order to prevent loss of essential material properties and discolouration.
NGR's principle of the shredder-feeder-extruder combination meets all these requirements. In particular, gentle shredding with slow-running knives on one hand, as well as immediate and extremely fast material throughput into the extruder on the other, lead to high-quality pellets. In addition, the automatic system precisely maintains the narrow tolerance range of the biopolymer processing recipe. The one-step technology prevents impurities (dust, intermediate storage of regrind contamination, etc.) from impairing the recycling success.
NGR is an Austrian recycling specialist that develops and distributes plastic recycling technology worldwide. The company is constantly testing new plastic grades with start-ups.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.