Newly opened Recycled Polymers Limited aims to recycle industrial waste plastics in Birmingham with the use of special machinery and a granulation process that will help to create a new clean plastic product that can be used in extrusion and plastics moulding processes. The company claims that it has already put in £750,000, a large chunk of which was used to purchase a new machine that was manufactured in Taiwan and designed within the UK for the new facility.

Grant Gerry and a host of additional directors have been primary financial backers of the venture and asset finance has been proved by the Close Brothers and HSBC Commercial Finance.  The result will be a company that can recycle a large range of materials such as ABS, HDPE, polystyrene, and polypropylene.

Recycled Polymers believes that the new machinery in place at the plant will allow it to consume 60% less electricity over more typical older machinery and will overall be cleaner and faster in operation.  This will result in large energy cost savings which in turn lowers the price of the materials at output

Prior to opening their doors, the company has already received several contracts to recycle wastes from a handful of industry users. In charge of Recycled Polymers is Andrew Selby who has started up and led many different types of business over the past four decades then successfully selling them on for a profit. Selby stated that they believe the business will grow quickly because there is a large demand for high quality recycling and the market is very receptive to recycling right now.

The machine is the focus of the new technology in place at the plant and was designed in the UK and then created by Kween B in Taiwan.  Known in the industry as the TR-150V the pelletizing machine can be used to reprocess granulated waste plastic so that it can be used in extrusion and moulding again due to its 150mmm diameter barrel.  The actual process is similar to injection moulding with additives and plastics metered together as the end of the barrel and turned into a hopper.

This material then is sent to the other side of the barrel with the use of an Archimedes screw and is melted back into shape with heat that is generated by heat bands and friction heat that is created by the screw.  As the material is transported down the barrel it passes through the screw, which kneads and mixes the plastic as it compounds it.  Side-feeders are placed along the barrel to help feed fillers and additives to the plastic and at the end the plastic passes through a screen that filters out any contaminants.

By Alan