Mexicans reduce 50% footprint recycling plastics

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A new green technology has been developed to avoid water waste when recycling plastic that doesn’t require liquids, according to Mexican recycling company, AK Inovex.

The proces will be patented by Marco Adame, founder of  this great new recycling proces. 

50% reduction energy, no water

They claim their technology is able to process more than 90 per cent of any type of plastic, reducing costs by half while maintaining the quality of the recycled plastic. The new technology will make the recycling process more profitable without using water.

3 technologies

Ak Inovex has a pending patent registration of the three technologies that integrate the development, which are responsible for cooling the plastic through contact with special walls and form the plastic beads.

The original recycling process involves washing and then grinding containers, with the plastic retaining moisture at a molecular level. For it to be crystallized it has to be first dehydrated at 180 degrees C and then cooled with water.

The new technology allows for the direct formation of recycled beads, skipping some of the traditional steps.

The water-free method can process more than 90 percent of any type of plastic, including styrofoam, polystyrene, PET and ABS.

Gizmag reports that the technology utilizes special walls that, “on contact, are able to both mold the plastic into the desired pellet shape and cool those pellets at the same time,” in place of high temperatures and water baths. Ak Inovex (no site available) has a patent pending on the three different technologies that make this possible.

More improvements

The next step is to replace the lye detergent that is used with a special biodetergent that would make the process even safer and cheaper. The company already is partnering with ALINSA group, a company that specializes in making environmentally friendly cleaning products using biodegradable chemicals.

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