INDUSTRIAL PLASTIC RECYCLING RESOURCES

THE IMPACT OF RESINS REUSE ON THE BLUE PLANET

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), plastics comprise 12% of municipal solid waste, with containers and packaging making up the largest part of that percentage. Durable polymer-based goods, such as building materials, appliances and furnishings contribute to the solid waste stream, as do non-durable items such as disposable beverage cups and diapers.

As of 2009, the overall reclamation rate reported by EPA was only seven percent of all waste resins. However, within that umbrella, 29% percent of all HDPE bottles and 28% percent of all PET (polyethylene terephthalate), both used for beverage packaging, underwent reprocessing. A mere 12% percent of styrofoam scrap made its way to a reprocessing center, and a scant 9% of polymer bags and wraps were reclaimed for re-use.

A bigger problem still is plastics pollution in our oceans and waterways. There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic scrap in the world’s oceans. Each year over 7 million tons of plastic are added to our oceans, stressing an already fragile ecosystem of critical importance to our world’s environmental health. Though the oceans seem vast enough to stomach a lot of plastic, the level of waste is starting to reach a crisis point: According to a new report by the Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, by 2025, the ocean could contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of finfish.

At Blue Planet Recycling we are doing our part to improve the reuse of industrial scrap plastic. With responsive pickup services for recycling in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond and Calgary, Edmonton and Seattle. We offer a waste audit service to our industrial customers, consisting of an on-site evaluation and recommendations for developing responsible and value-added resin reprocessing programs.

THE RECLAMATION PROCESS

Re-purposing industrial scrap waste polymers begins with efficient pickup and transportation from one of our many industrial customers. Once plastics arrive to our facilities our technicians feed the sorted materials into grinding machines. Metal detection, de-dusting and filtering ensure superior results with a finished product ready for resale.

While Blue Planet’s facilities are located in Langley BC, we offer same-day pickup and delivery in surrounding areas, including Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, and Surrey. We have recently added Edmonton, Calgary and Washington State to our BC service areas.

We recycle in BC, Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Okanagan, Alberta, Calgary, Edmonton, Washington State, Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma

Blue Planet is committed to serving local markets with sales and delivery of clean resin in pulverized, regrind or baled form for remanufacture. We are proactive in finding regional buyers for our products and support the North American manufacturing industry. We provide seamless, same-day pick-up service for recycling in Burnaby, recycling Vancouver, recycling Surrey, recycling Richmond and surrounding areas.

TYPES OF RECYCLABLE PLASTICS

RECYCLABLE TYPES OF PLASTIC MAY BE IDENTIFIED BY USING THIS TRIANGLE CODE CHART.

ImageNamePolymer nameUsed forRecycled into
img 1PetPolyethylene terephthalateBottles, food packaging, Polyester fibres, strappingCarpet fiber, fleece textiles
img 2HDPEHigh-density polyethyleneMilk jugs, playground equipment, pipe, totesTotes, pipe, electrical components, plastic lumber
img 3PVCPolyvinyl ChloridePipe, window frames, fencing, blister packElectrical components, pipe, decking
img 4LDPELow-density PolyethyleneBags, clear film, molded lab equipmentBags, plastic lumper
img 5PPPolypropyleneAuto parts, food containers, DVD casesAgriculture pots, various injection parts
img 6PSPolystyreneSigns, styrofoam, utensilsReels, pallets, plant pots
img 7OtherABS, Acrylic, PolycarbonateSheet signs, windows, aircraft componentsPipe, flooring, electrical components
ABS Poly(Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
ACM Poly(Acrylic Acid Ester Rubber)
ACS Acrylonitrile-Chlorinated Polyethylene-Styrene Terpolymer
ACS American Chemical Society
AES Poly(Acrylonitrile Ethylene Styrene) or Poly(Acrylonitrile Ethylene Propylene Styrene)
AMMA Poly(Acrylonitrile Methyl Methacrylate)
AN Acrylonitrile
AO Antioxidant
APET Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthlate
API American Petroleum Institute
ARP Poly(Arylterephthalate) Copolyester
AS Antistatic
ASA Poly(Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrile)
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
BDMA Benzyl Dimethyl Amine (Epoxy Cure Accelerator)
BGE Butyl Glycidyl Ether
BIIR Bromobutyl Rubber
BMC Bulk Molding Compound
BMI Bismaleimide
BOPP Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (Film)
BR Polybutadiene Rubber
CA Cellulose Acetate
CAB Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
CAP Cellulose Acetate Propionate
CF Cresol Formaldehyde
CFR Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR has provisions dealing with food contact of polymers)
CGE Cresol Glycidyl Ether
CHDM Cyclohexanedimethanol
CIIR Chlorobutyl Rubber
CM Chlorinated Polyethylene Rubber
CM Compression Molded
CMC Carboxymethyl Cellulose
CN Cellulose Nitrate
CO Epichlorohydrin Rubber (Homopolymer)
COF Coefficient of Friction
CP Cellulose Propionate
CPE Chlorinated Polyethylene
CPVC Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride
CR Polychloroprene Rubber
CS Casein
CSA Canadian Standards Associates
CSM Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene Rubber
CTE Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
CTFE Chlorortrifluoroethylene
CTI Comparative Tracking Index
CVD Chemical Vapor Deposition
DAM Dry As Molded (often applied to nylon)
DAP Diallyl Phthalate
DDS Diaminodiphenyl Sulfone (Epoxy Cure Agent)
DGEBA Diglycidyl Ether of Bisphenol A
DIN Deutches Institut für Normung
DTUL Deflection Temperature Under Load
EAA Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer
EBAC Poly(Ethylene Butyl Acrylate)
EC Ethyl Cellulose
ECN Epoxy Cresol Novolac
ECO Epichlorohydrin Rubber (Ethylene Oxide Copolymer)
ECTFE Poly(Ethylene Chlorotrifluoroethylene)
EEA Poly(Ethylene-Ethyl Acrylate)
EEW Epoxy Equivalent Weight (Also called WPE)
EMAAA Ethylene Acid Terpolymer
EMAC Poly(Ethylene Methyl Acrylate)
EMCM Ethylene Methyl Acrylate Cyclohexene Methyl Acrylate
EMI Electromagnetic Interference
EP Epoxy; Epoxide
EPA Environmental Protection Agency (US Government)
EPDM Ethylene Propylene Terpolymer Rubber
EPM Ethylene Propylene Copolymer
EPN Epoxy Phenol Novolac
EPS Expanded Polystyrene
ESCR Environmental Stress Cracking Resistance
ETFE Poly(Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene)
ETPU Engineering Thermoplastic Polyurethane
EVA Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer
EVAC Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymer
EVAL Poly(Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol)
EVOH Poly(Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol)
FDA Food and Drug Administration (US Government)
FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene
FF Furan Formaldehyde
FMQ Fluorosilicone Rubber
FPM Fluorocarbon Rubber
FPVC Flexible Polyvinyl Chloride
FR Flame Retardant
FVMQ Fluorosilicone Rubber
FZ Fluorinated Polyphosphazene Rubber
GFR Glass Fiber Reinforced
GP General Purpose
GPO Propylene Oxide Rubber
GPPS General Purpose Polystyrene
HAI High Amp Arc Ignition
HALS Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer
HDPE High Density Polyethylene
HDT Heat Deflection Temperature or Heat Distortion Temperature
HFP Hexafluoropropylene
HIPS High Impact Polystyrene
HNBR Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Rubber)
HRE Rockwell E Hardness Number
HRM Rockwell M Hardness Number
HRR Rockwell R Hardness Number
HVAR High Voltage Arc Resistance to Ignition
HVTR High Voltage Tracking Rate
HWI Hot Wire Ignition
IBS Interactive Blowing System
IIR Butyl Rubber
IM Injection Molded
IMR Internal Mold Release
ISO International Standards Organization
LCP Liquid Crystal Polymer
LDPE Low Density Polyethylene
LLDPE Linear Low Density Polyethylene
LMDPE Linear Medium Density Polyethylene
MD Metal Deactivator
MDPE Medium Density Polyethylene
MEKP Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide (Thermoset Curing Agent)
MF Melamine-Formaldehyde
MFD Microfloppy Diskettes
MFI Melt Flow Index
MVTR Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate
MWD Molecular Weight Distribution
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration (US)
NB No Break (Applied to Impact Test Results)
NBR Nitrile Rubber (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Rubber)
NHFR Non-Halogen Flame Retardant
NHT High Temperature Nylon
NSF National Sanitation Foundation (nonregulatory agency)
OB Optical Brightener
ODP Ozone Depletion Potential
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OPP Oriented Polypropylene (Film)
OPS Oriented Polystyrene (Film)
OSHA Occupation Safety and Health Administration (US Government)PA Polyacrylate
PA Polyamide (Nylon)
PAEK Polyarylether
PAEK Polyaryletherketone
PAI Polyamide-Imide
PAMS Poly(Alpha Methylstyrene)
PAN Polyacrylonitrile
PARA Polyarylamide (polyaramide)
PAS Polyarylsulfone
PASA Polyamide, Semi-Aromatic (Nylon)
PASU Polyarylsulfone
PB Polybutadiene
PB Polybutene-1
PBGA Plastic Ball Grid Array
PBI Polybenzimidazole
PBT Polybutylene Terephthalate
PC Polycarbonate
PCB Printed Circuit Board
PCP Post-Consumer Plastic
PCR Post-Consumer Resin
PCT Polycyclohexylenedimethylene Terephthalate
PCTFE Polychlorortrifluoroethylene
PCTG Glycol-Modified PCT
PCU Polycarbonate Urethane
PDAP Poly(Diallyl Phthalate)
PDSM polydimethylsiloxane (Silicone)PE Polyethylene
PEBA Polyether Block Amide
PEEK Polyetheretherketone
PEF Process Engineered Fuel
PEG Polyethylene Glycol
PEI Polyetherimide
PEK Polyetherketone
PEKEKK Polyetherketoneetherketoneketone
PEKK Polyetherketoneketone
PEN Polyethylene Naphthalate
PEO Poly(Ethylene Oxide)
PEOX Poly(Ethylene Oxide)
PES Polyethersulfone
PESU Polyethersulfone
PET Polyethylene Terephthalate
PETG PET Modified with CHDM
PEX Cross-linked PolyethylenePF Phenol Formaldehyde (Phenolic)
PFA Perfluoroalkoxy
PFPE Polyperfluoropolyether
PI Polyimide
PIB Polyisobutylene
PIR Polyisocyanurate Foam
PISU Polyimidesulfone
PMMA Polymethylmethacrylate
PMP Polymethylpentene
PNR Polynorborane Rubber
PO Polyolefin
POB Poly(p-Oxybenzoate)
POM Polyoxymethylene (Acetal)
POP Point of Purchase (Marketing Displays)
PP Polypropylene
PPA Polyphthalamide
PPE Polyphenylene Ether
PPF Phenol-Furfural
PPG Polypropylene Glycol
PPO Polyphenylene Oxide
PPOX Polypropylene Oxide
PPS Polyphenylene Sulfide
PPSU Polyphenylsulfone
PRF Plastics Recovery Facility
PS Polystyrene
PSU Polysulfone
PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene
PTMG Polytetramethylene Glycol
PTT Polytrimethylene Terephthalate
PU Polyurethene
PUR Polyurethene
PVAC Poly(Vinyl Acetate)
PVAL Poly(Vinyl Alcohol)
PVB Poly(Vinyl Butyral)
PVC Polyvinyl Chloride
PVCA Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Acetate)
PVDC Polyvinylidene Chloride
PVDF Polyvinylidene Fluoride
PVFM Poly(Vinyl Formal)
PVK Polvinylcarbazole
PVOH Polyvinyl Alcohol
PVP Polyvinylpyrrolidone
PZ Polyphosphazene Rubber
RH Relative Humidity
RIM Reaction Injection Molding
RPVC Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride
RRIM Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding
RTI Relative Thermal Index (UL test)
RTPU Rigid Thermoplastic Polyurethane
RTV Room Temperature Vulcanizing (Silicone)
SAN Poly(Styrene Acrylonitrile)
SB Styrene-Butadiene
SBC Styrene-Butadiene Copolymer
SBS Poly(Styrene Butadiene Styrene)
SEBS Poly(Styrene-Ethylene-Butadiene-Styrene) Elastomer
SI Silicone
SI System International (a subset of metric units)
SIS Poly(Styrene-Isoprene-Styrene) Elastomer
SMA Poly(Styrene Maleic Anhydride)
SMC Sheet Molding Compound
SMMA Styrene Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer
SMS Styrene-a-Methylstyrene
SPS Syndiotactic Polystyrene
SPU Segmented Polyurethane
TAIC Triallyl Isocyanurate
TEEE Ether Ester Block Copolymer (Thermoplastic Elastomer)
TEEE Thermoplastic Elastomer Ether Ester Block Copolymer
TEO Olefinic Thermoplastic Elastomer
TES Thermoplastic Styrenic Elastomer
TFE Polytetrafluoroethylene
TM Transfer Molded
TP Thermoplastic
TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer
TPI Thermoplastic Polyimide
TPO Thermoplastic Polyolefin (often applied to elastomers)
TPU Thermoplastic Polyurethene (often applied to elastomers)
TPUR Thermoplastic Polyurethene (often applied to elastomers)
TPV Thermoplastic Vulcanizate
TS Thermoset
TYS Tensile Yield Strength
UF Urea Formaldehyde
UHMW Ultra High Molecular Weight (often applied to polyethylene)
UL Underwriters Laboratory
ULDPE Ultra Low Density Polyethylene
UP Unsaturated Polyester (Thermoset)
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
UTS Ultimate Tensile Strength
UV Ultraviolet
VCE Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Ethylene)
VCEMA Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Ethylene-Methyl Acrylate)
VCMA Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Methyl Acrylate)
VCVAC Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Vinyl Acrylate)
VCVDC Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Vinylidene Chloride)
VHMW Very High Molecular Weight (often applied to polyethylene)
WPE Weight per Epoxide (also called EEW)
XLPE Cross-linked Polyethylene

TYPES OF RECYCLABLES

Blue Planet Recycling specialized in the reprocessing of many types of scrap plastics including polyethylene, PET, polystyrene, ABS, PVC, Acrylic and others.

The scope of resins that Blue Planet commonly reprocesses includes a wide variety of bulk industrial scrap plastics, including:

    • Polyethylene
    • Polystyrene
    • Polypropylene
    • ABS
    • PVC
    • Polycarbonate
    • Nylon
    • Acrylic
    • Vinyl
    • HDPE
    • LDPE
    • Ethylene
    • Styrene
    • Propylene

We make sure to equip our modern facilities with the latest technology in resin product reclamation. This allows us the unique ability to process such items as window frames, siding, barrels, pipe, and all types of recyclable scrap plastics into pellets of various sizes that can be quickly and easily reformed into new products for industrial and home use.

PLASTIC PROCESSING

  • Grinding and Shredding: We regrind, size reduce, and de-dust to your specifications.
  • Pelletizing: We blend, filter, and compound your material into pellets.
  • Pulverizing: We pulverize your material to your specifications
  • Contamination Removal: We can separate resin from resin – or remove foreign material from resin – in regrind or pellet form.
  • Color Separation: We can separate color from color – or clear from color – in regrind or pellet form.

PLASTIC RECYCLING PICKUP

Blue Planet’s Plastic Recycling pickup service is available for a with a full range of services for the 7 different types of plastic. Unlike traditional waste recycling, plastic recycling requires specific techniques to ensure efficiency and maximize the value of the end product – a plastic regrind or pellet used in manufacturing. Our facilities are designed to process large industrial quantities of plastics by grinding up the material and then pelletizing it. In addition to our pelletizing service, we can also can separate out resins or remove foreign material from specific resins. We can also pulverize material or separate out colors.
Our expertise and dedication makes us the premier choice for recycling Vancouver’s industrial plastic waste. We are pleased to be able to offer our pickup and delivery services in the areas of Surrey, Burnaby, Langley, Richmond, and the rest of Metro Vancouver. Blue Planet Recycling is proud to announce that we are now serving the Calgary, Edmonton and Seattle Washington area as well.

For our recycling customers in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Langley, recycling Langley, recycling Surrey, recycling Burnaby and recycling Vancouver customers, we are able to offer a comprehensive on-site audit of their current facilities and suggest an appropriate industrial plastic scrap-recycling plan.

Our customers benefit in two ways. Not only are they able to lower garbage disposal costs, but they can also receive a financial bonus. Because we find the best possible markets for our end product plastics from recycling, we can rebate our customers for their scrap plastics. We believe that recycling is not only good for the planet, but also great for business.

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