Until now scrap plastics had to be mixed with new plastic materials for reuse. When heat is applied, the molecules in scrap plastics tend to lose their binding properties, so they are not strong enough for new parts.
But working with UMG ABS, a company that produces resin, Fuji Xerox has developed a new technique to strengthen plastic by applying a gummy additive, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Wednesday.
Fuji Xerox has also cut the cost of recycling plastic by adopting a low-cost molding process that injects nitrogen gas into the plastic.
The company plans to apply this method to a dozen parts by December. It also plans to sell this method to other manufacturers.
Out of nearly 10 million tons of scrap plastics generated each year in Japan, only about 15 percent is reused, while the rest is disposed of by burning.
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