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Atlantic Poly Uses Biodegradable Plastics with Their EnviroTech Recycling Division

02 Mar 2011

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This new technology produces plastic which degrades by a process of OXO-degradation. The technology is based on a very small amount of pro-degradant additive being introduced into the manufacturing process, thereby changing the behavior of the plastic. Degradation begins when the programmed service life is over and the product is no longer required. There is little or no additional cost involved in products made with this technology, which can be made with the same machinery and workforce as conventional plastic products.

The length of time it takes for oxo-biodegradable products to degrade can be ‘programmed’ at the time of manufacture and can be as little as a few months or as much as a few years. They are protected from degradation by special antioxidants until ready for use, and storage-life will be extended if the products are kept in cool, dark conditions.

Unlike PVC, the polymers from which oxo-biodegradable plastics are made do not contain organo-chlorine. Nor do oxo-biodegradable polymers contain PCBs, nor do they emit methane or nitrous oxide even under anaerobic conditions. Only oxo-biodegradable can be economically recycled. Its counter part, hydro-biodegradable is more expensive. Contact us today to learn more about  recycling plastics and be sure to check out our eco-friendly plastic products.