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TitleMFC concept as a possible solution for closed-loop recycling of food packaging trays
Author(s)Kuzmanovic, Maja
Delva, Laurens
Martins, Carla I.
Cardon, Ludwig
Ragaert, Kim
KeywordsMicrofibrillar composites
Mechanical properties
Issue date10-Jan-2020
PublisherAIP Publishing
JournalAIP Conference Proceedings
Abstract(s)Flexible plastic films from food packaging trays make up one of the largest fractions of the plastic waste stream and recycling is one of the most important actions to deal with this fraction, reducing the impact of these plastics on the environment. However, the recyclability of multi-layered films is not straightforward and in most of the cases these fractions are landfilled or incinerated. Recycling of discarded mixed polymers without previous separation often results in low mechanical properties which have lead researchers to investigate novel solutions for recycling. In this research, the concept of microfibrillar composites (MFCs) was investigated aiming to upcycle mixed polymer waste streams. A blend based on polypropylene (PP) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) at a weight ratio of 80/20 PP/PET was studied. The final step of the MFC processing was conducted using a conical twin screw extrusion. The morphological results confirmed the presence of PET microfibrils in the composites, leading to an improvement in mechanical properties such as in the tensile yield strength and strain at break. Subsequently, the MFC samples were successfully moulded into trays via thermoforming.
TypeConference paper
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