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Turning Plastic Scrap
Into Usable PlasticTM - Case Studies

caseIn our 30+ year history, we've faced a lot of challenges that other recyclers have avoided. In doing so we've gained a wealth of knowledge and a level of experience that is second to none. Our willingness to develop creative solutions to the tough projects has allowed us to deliver excellent results. 

 

A picture is worth a thousand words, and maybe more. This is why we have developed several real world case studies to aid in understanding what we can do at Butler-MacDonald as well as the type of result you can expect when you chose to work with us.

Irrigation Dripline Scrap: PE Polymer Recovered - Silicone Removed

Irrigation Dripline Scrap: PE Polymer Recovered - Silicone Removed

Major manufacturers of irrigation products and services wanted an alternative to sending their otherwise unusable production scrap to a landfill. Irrigation dripline scrap cannot be reused “as is” because of imbedded thermoset silicone emitters and incompatible polymers. In addition to landfill avoidance, our customers also wanted to recover the valuable PE from their dripline scrap and use it for manufacturing new irrigation tubing.

Label Scrap (L-Scrap): Paper Is Out – Plastic Is In

Label Scrap (L-Scrap): Paper Is Out – Plastic Is In

A PET bottle manufacturer generates defect bottles with adhered labels. The labels cannot go back into the melt stream.

Metal In Parts & Assemblies: Plastic Can Be Recovered

Metal In Parts & Assemblies: Plastic Can Be Recovered

Inherent in the process of manufacturing parts is the need to include metal. The metal can be of various forms, weight and thickness. It’s required to make the part function. Most recycling efforts call for the use of manual labor to remove the metal part or assembly prior to grinding. The problem is valuable plastic is lost.

Mixed Plastic Separation Blending Mishaps Do Not Equal Loss In Value

Mixed Plastic Separation Blending Mishaps Do Not Equal Loss In Value

A company that sells PCABS needed a solution to fix 120,000 lbs. of material that was blended with ABS. Facing a significant loss in material value, the company was looking for options other than trashing the material or selling “as is” for export.

Rejection Does Not Mean Sell Cheap Or Export

Rejection Does Not Mean Sell Cheap Or Export

A company that sells TPO needed a solution to fix 80,000 lbs. of mixed-color material that was rejected by their customer due to the presence of both nylon and TPU (urethane) contamination. Facing a significant loss in material value, the company was looking for options other than trashing the material or selling “as is” for export.

Security Devices Source of Raw Materials

Security Devices Source of Raw Materials

Security devices cannot be reused and require secured destruction. A North American department store chain needed a solution for handling millions of clothing security devices without having to send them to a landfill and that would allow them to recoup some value for them.

Silo Contamination: Polymers Get Recovered

Silo Contamination: Polymers Get Recovered

50,000 lbs. of natural ABS virgin pellets had been contaminated with PVC pellets (square) and a trace amount of yellow concentrate and black resin - a result of silo cross-contamination. The material required immediate removal from the silo in order for the customer to get a replacement load of ABS pellets and maintain production.

Silo Mix PET & PE Bulk Truck Errors

Silo Mix PET & PE Bulk Truck Errors

Receiving material in bulk is a great way to save on material handling and get good buys on material. Unfortunately, at some point it is likely that a truck will hookup to the wrong point, run two incompatible materials, and leave you with a big problem.

Window Profiles & Lineals: Metal & Mixed Plastic Are Not An Issue

Window Profiles & Lineals: Metal & Mixed Plastic Are Not An Issue

Window manufacturers produce scrap cutoffs and other rejects from the manufacturing of their PVC window products. The window parts can contain locks, handles, springs, weather stripping and other polymers such as nylon and PP.

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