On-Demand Webinars: Medical

Breakthrough Technology in Plastics Recycling


Global production of Polylactic Acid (PLA) is increasing dramatically as it becomes the biodegradable plastic of choice for a wide range of medical and industrial applications. PLA requires a specialized recycling plan…is your company ready? Attend this Webinar to learn what you need to know to prepare for the PLA revolution.

A novel method for recycling PLA using low-temperature, low-pressure reactions with alcohol or water has recently been developed. PLA is used today in many applications ranging from food packaging to implantable medical devices. Because of its sensitivity to thermal degradation, PLA is difficult to recycle and actually becomes a contaminant in the plastics stream of municipal solid waste.

Using the newly discovered process, different grades of PLA can be removed from a stream of commingled plastics and broken down to give high value chemicals. Some of these chemicals, called monomers, can be purified and used as feedstock to synthesize virgin PLA resin, thereby “closing the loop” on the PLA life cycle. This result is achieved by carrying out depolymerization reactions while the PLA is in solution.

Suitable reaction systems and their kinetics are described in this webinar. The method has low capital and operating costs and is well-suited to industrial recycling processes. Moreover, it is consistent with the concepts of sustainability and of a circular economy.

An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentation.

Speaker:

John Campanelli, Ph.D., Sr. Manager, Research and Development Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.