PET Bottle Waste is recycled to derive fresh raw-material, all over the world. In the process of this Recycling, the part played by Vertical Balers is immense. See here how!
In our present day lifestyles, Plastic usage has been playing a very important role. The plus points of Plastic namely light-weight; transparency; flexibility; colorable quality; and easy to manufacture etc. have made Plastic as human-friendly. Today we use Plastic for many day-to-day products. Most important one of them is PET bottle.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is used mostly to produce bottles and containers, for packing various consumer goods and food products. To quote a few here – soft drinks; alcoholic beverages; cosmetics; detergents; edible oils; cleaning materials and pharmaceutical products etc.
The best part of Polyethylene Terephthalate material is it can be recycled again; and will get back to its original qualities and material specifications. It follows, therefore, PET bottles used and thrown away carelessly by consumers are not wastes – in the real sense. They can be made raw material once again, for the manufacture of various other products of PET material.
The awareness of recycling PET bottles is catching up very fast worldwide. According to reliable statistics, the percentage of recycled PET use is 90% in India.
In the PET waste recycling Industry circles, the PET bottles and containers are thrown away by Customers after use are named as Post-consumer Waste. But viewing from their angle, it is not a waste at all, but a lucrative chance to mint money by collecting Post-consumer Waste, recycling it and selling to assorted Plastic Fiber manufacturers.
According to one estimate, every year somewhere around 500 billion Plastic bottles are thrown away after use, worldwide. If these waste and scrap Plastic bottles can be recycled into original material again, just imagine how much of volume of Plastic we can get? Thus a waste becomes a Resource once again.
How are these Post-consumer Waste PET bottles recycled? This is an interesting question. These bottles come in different shapes, sizes and package capacities. Invariably every PET bottle will have a metal cap or plastic cap; a label or printed trademarks over them.
When these Post-consumer Wastes get heaped, they will become a huge mound of rubbish, posing all sorts of problems. The paucity of storage space; hauling them to the storage spot; transporting them to any other place etc. will be really daunting and cumbersome.
So the very first step to being taken in PET Waste Recycling is Compressing the plastic bottles into bundles. For this purpose, Technology Experts have designed a separate Machine, called PET Bottle Vertical Baler. To compress PET Bottles in huge quantity automatic balers are launched in market as well. The automatic baler compress PET bottle waste in large volume. For Low volume of waste there are vertical balers – single and double compression both can be available in market.
This is actually known as baling Press provided with double Cylinders, with a capacity of pressing the PET bottles with a force of 65 Tons at a time. When such a force is applied over the plastic waste, the material gets crushed, baled and bundled into bales of required volume. There are facilities to set-up the baling Press for the pre-determined size of bales and the output volume per day.
The pressed bales are then taken to the Recycling Plant. Here the Recycling Process is carried out step by step. Bottles are sorted by colors and taken for further processing. The bottles are prepared for scanners by the pre-washing process. Then by using steam and chemicals the labels are removed and caps are detached.
In bigger Recycling Plants, a separate Infra-Red sorting is done to remove ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The waste material passes through a Metal Detector to check if there are any residue metals sticking with Plastic.
After this the waste material is processed in a Wet Grinder, to reduce the same into PET flakes of the desired size. Once again the material is washed with hot water and chemicals to remove any dirt or glue.
Then the flakes are put into a big Blending and Mixing Silo (a metal pit) and mixed well. The final product of utility grade PET material is stored for being sold to end-users.
In the whole process of Recycling of PET Bottles, the powerful and well designed Vertical Balers have an important role to play.
Different types, models and capacities of Balers, including PET Bottle Vertical Balers are designed, manufactured and exported all over the world.