Can you melt plastic into liquid?

How to melt plastic at home

How to create our own objects from our plastic garbage? It’s already a reality. Reuse, recycle, develop your imagination and create a new source of income is what you can aspire to with the products we present to you.

On the Precious plastics website, you can find all the videos and plans to create the machines for free. They are educational videos, because it starts from scratch, to know how to recognize what kind of plastic we have at home.  In the second section, you can see how to collect the plastic and sort it (labels included). The third section is dedicated to explaining at what temperature to melt plastic and how to mold it.

You can use it not only to recycle products you already have, but also to create new products. Perhaps it is a new form of income and work? The good thing about these machines is that they are totally Opensource, which means that at any time you can modify them to make them to your liking. The possibilities are endless, because you can use many different plastics, and create as many molds as you want. Here are some examples of what an atelier like yours could look like:

Melt plastic without burning it

Currently, the best known way to recycle plastic is to dispose of plastic waste in the yellow garbage can.  Once there, the people in charge of handling it will collect the waste and take it to a specialized recycling center.

The waste generated at home can range from plastic bottles to bags. Also common are bricks, fruit nets, transparent or silver paper, aerosols, polystyrene trays, containers of other products, etc.

The first measure to recycle plastic at home is to include a specific trash can for this waste. Ideally, this bin should be placed next to the main garbage bin in the house. In this way, when throwing the waste, we can more easily separate the plastic from the rest.

Another possible option is to purchase a domestic plastic shredder. This machine shreds the plastic so that it takes up very little space. The waste that we place both in the bucket and in the shredder will then be taken to the yellow container.

How to melt plastic for gluing

Plastic has been one of the most important developments of the 20th century. It has replaced other materials because it is inexpensive, lightweight, highly durable, versatile and resistant to moisture, chemicals and non-putrescible.

However, some of these virtues can be disadvantages in certain circumstances, such as their low degradability when they are already considered waste (the same happens with glass and metals).

Thermoplastic resins: these types of resins flow as viscous liquids when heated and solidify when cooled. Cooling and heating can be done as many times as desired without losing the properties of the material. This type of plastic makes up approximately 85% of the plastics consumed. They are polyethylenes (high density polyethylene – HDPE, low density polyethylene – LDPE, terephthalate – PET), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

How to melt plastic bottles

More than one without a doubt!!!!.    The microwave heating of food in plastic containers is very common nowadays because it is a very practical system to have the food cooked in a short space of time, allowing to improvise a quick meal when you do not have time or desire to cook…

Water bottles, trays, film-films…, precooked or cooked food containers… etc., if heated or exposed to high ambient temperatures, run the risk of decomposition of the plastic that covers them and the formation of undesirable substances such as dioxins and other toxins that can migrate into the food.

The need to manufacture packaging today is very great. Food packaging is any material that is used to contain, transport and store food products, from the raw material to the finished product, and from the manufacturer to the consumer. Packaging also makes it possible to maintain and even extend the life of the food and preserve its nutritional qualities by providing physical protection and adequate information to prevent contamination of the food it contains.