Disruptive approachLess than 10% of all plastics ever produced are recycled. Common recycling technologies fall short to have an answer to the plastic challenge. A disruptive approach is necessary to untangle the ever-growing plastic waste pile.
Almost half of all plastics are used for packaging. Household waste is a rich plastic source, but different types of plastic are mixed. Umincorp has developed a unique process of turning plastic packaging waste into a high-quality resource.
Object sorting versus flake sortingMost recycling processes sort object by object, so shampoo bottles in one box and buttercups in another. But a simple bottle is not that simple: the lid is often from another plastic than the bottle and the wrapping is from another plastic-type again. So using object sorting makes it hard to reach pure end- products. Common recyclers therefore constantly balance between high losses for higher purity versus lower losses but lower purity.
On the other hand, Umincorp’s process is based on flake sorting. In an early stage of the process, we cut all incoming plastics into small pieces (flakes). Each flake consists of one type of plastic. The MDS enables an accurate separation of the flakes per type of plastic. This enables a high recovery and high purity.