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main types of thermo-resins associated with industrial plastic recycling

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Stockbridge plastics main types of thermo-resins associated with industrial plastic recycling

Understanding resinsPlastic resins are created through a cracking process. This process entails heating the hydrocarbons to break them down into larger molecules. These larger molecules make compounds that form chains known as polymers. Different types of polymers are combined to make the plastic resin pellets which are then used for a number of different applications.

Polyethylene resinAbbreviation: PE

Frequency of usage: Common

Primary usage: Packaging, plastic bags, geomembranes, bottles.

Softening point: 176F

Mechanical properties: rates low for hardness, strength, rigidity, and friction.

polypropylene resinAbbreviation: PP

Frequency of usage: Common

Primary usage: Packaging, labelling, stationary, and textiles

Softening point: 340F

Mechanical properties: Has the lowest density of commodity plastics, typically tough and flexible, and economical.

polystyrene resinAbbreviation: PS

Frequency of usage: Common

Primary usage: Packaging peanuts, discs, containers, trays, tumblers, and disposable utensils

Softening point: 464F

Mechanical properties: is slow to biodegrade, poor oxygen barrier, hard, and brittle.


Styrene-acrylonitrile resinAbbreviation: SAN

Frequency of usage: Common replacement for PS

Primary usage: Food containers, kitchenware, battery cases, and plastic optical fibers.

Softening point: 220F

Mechanical properties: Typically transparent, brittle, and easily resistant to boiling water.


Ethylene vinyl acetateAbbreviation: EVA

Frequency of usage: Average

Primary usage: There are 3 different types of EVA that all have distinct uses. EVA can be used for film, hot adhesives, cleats, and organic solvents.

Softening point: 110F

Mechanical properties: Has a varying density, typically tough, and flexible.


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