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Increasingly, environmental concerns are playing a big part in material selection for new products or components entering their market sectors. If there are any potential ways plastic can be recycled, this is always something WSM will look into for our customers.
What to consider?
Polymers make many of the things that we use, even without thinking, every day. When considering recyclability and sustainability of a plastic product it is sensible to begin at the point of the design, looking into your products life cycles and potential impacts and then minimising the largest environmental impact.
Almost all plastics can be recycled, however, the degree to which they are recycled depends upon a few main factors, specifically technical, economic and logistic points.
Becoming 'greener' with plastics means choosing one of a few routes and using recycled, reprocessed or bioplastics polymers. Here at WSM Plastics, we have become aware of recent developments in the recycled plastics industry that has indicated to us this might now be a way forward into a new sustainable future.
We have an in-depth knowledge of all available polymers, so we know the right types of materials you will need to make your product or components and can offer full support right from the very start of your design phase.
Using recycled plastics in the injection moulding process is not only environmentally responsible, but it also can potentially reduce material expenses. Any company or brand that is using recycled plastic in its industrial process can benefit from the public's perception and reality that the business is working to protect the environment.
Ultimately, making use of recycled plastic for moulding is a beneficial decision at every level.
Recycled plastics are now more widely available as an option in plastics injection moulding and can be used for fast turnaround prototypes or mass-scale manufacture and comes without any loss in quality. Whether a flexible plastic part or a unit that requires a high degree of tensile strength it is well suited to being reused in a variety of industrial processes.
Key facts - UK Statistics
According to the British Plastics Federation, Recycling rates in the UK have come a long way in recent years and continue to grow year on year. For example, in the year 2000, only 13,000 tonnes of plastic bottles were recycled however the UK now recycles nearly 380,000 tonnes of plastic bottles a year
77% of plastic
50% of plastic
78% of post-consumer
59% of all
are collected for recycling*
32% of all
Why use us?
Over 25 years' experience in tool making and plastic injection moulding manufacture.
- Bespoke solutions
- A responsive supply chain
- A UK-based technical team
- A UK-based project management team
- In- house design support
- Bridge tooling
- Serial production tooling
- Engineering grade polymers
- Rapid prototypes
- A proud member of Made in Britain
- Low and high volume production
- DFM feedback
- Material expertise
- Alternative far east tooling and production solutions