Handbook of Plastics Recycling

Handbook of Plastics Recycling

Author: Prof. Francesco La Mantia
ISBN 978-1-85957-325-9 

pages 442
Over the past 20 years, recycling of plastics has increased dramatically. This is important not only from the environmental point of view (less landfill space is needed) but also from the economic point of view because recycling allows energy and materials to be reused. This book discusses some of the state-of-the-art techniques of recycling post-consumer plastic materials and focuses on mechanical recycling, chemical recycling, and energy recovery.

This book is intended for all those who are interested in the recycling of post consumer plastic waste. Although this book discusses technical aspects of recycling, the Authors have endeavored to make this book easily understandable to anyone interested in the subject. This book enables the reader to gain a thorough grounding in all the subjects discussed and each chapter has a bibliography to allow follow up of subjects of interest. This book provides an invaluable resource for those already working in the field or for those just starting out in recycling.

1. Structures and Properties of Polymers Commonly Recycled Polymers
2. Fundamentals of Degradation and Stabilisation of Polymers
3. Additives
4. Methods of Pre-Treatment
5. Properties-Reprocessing Behaviour of Recycled Plastics
6. Virgin-Recycled Homopolymer Blends
7. Upgrading of Recycled Plastics
8. Plastics Recycling Machinery
9. Applications for Recycled Plastics
10. Chemical Recycling
11. Energy Recovery from Plastic Materials

Francesco La Mantia graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1972 and is now Professor of Properties and Processing of Polymers at the University of Palermo. At present, he is co-ordinator of the Ph.D. course on Chemical Technology and Advanced Materials. Franco is the author of about 200 papers on rheology and processing of polymers, polymer blends, and liquid crystal polymer based blends and on polymer recycling. He is also the editor of two books on polymer recycling.