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Julie Nawfal

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How can we improve plastic recycling ?

Hi everyone!
I am student in plastics engineering and am interested in plastics recycling.
As you probably know, the most popular drawback of plastic is that it’s very polluting. The problem is that so much people just throw up plastics scraps into nature, or put it in the ordinary bin, whereas plastic can be recycled. Nowadays, plastic recycling has been well improved and we should continue on that way.
So, I’m looking for ideas which could be developed to encourage people to sort plastic to recycle them in the most optimum way.
Thank you in advance for your responses.

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    Dec 20 2013: We need a home/personal use recycling system. It would be great to convert them and use with 3D printers...
    • Dec 23 2013: A small scale solution will be expensive in terms of electricity. Might be pretty bad for the environment.

      Most people do not know what to do with 3D printers anyway, let alone create 3D models necessary for them.
      It's still some ways until 3D printing reaches the masses.
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      Dec 29 2013: The problem with 3D printers is that they are still expensive and difficult to use. Well, I mean it's easier to buy something instead of creating models and waiting for hours to get the final product etc.
      We have such a printer in our school, but it takes more than 10 hours to make an object of 10x10x10 cm and the row material is really expensive... Even if we use recycled plastic, we need to make it have the good form, so it would probably be more expensive than buying a new product.
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        Dec 30 2013: Julie,

        Your school probably bought your 3D printer 2-3 years back, what you claim about price and and time is no longer true for the newer printers.

        If you wish to know more about 3D printers i advice visiting http://www.3ders.org/ and reading some articles there to begin with.
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          Jan 1 2014: Sorry, but I really don't believe 3D printers will have a good future.
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        Jan 1 2014: That's alright. I believe that you will be proven wrong in the near future by your own personal experience. :)

        I've been looking at 3D printers very closely for two years now and just in the last 6 months there has been GREAT progress.
        And next year a whole bunch of patents that have restricted 3D printing a lot will be made free to use.

        Here's a TED blog on "7 talks on the wonder of 3D printing" that might convince you otherwise... And most of them aren't even up to date...

        http://blog.ted.com/2013/02/07/7-talks-on-the-wonder-of-3d-printing/

        Well, you don't have to believe me, we can still be friends :)

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