Axion International, a company from the New Jersey founded in 2007, has devised a new technique of recycling old plastic items. This innovative technique is to construct different building material like bridges etc by using discarded detergent containers, plastic bottles, milk carton and several other related things. This building material will be strong enough to replace steel, iron and concrete as it will be a mixture of frayed plastics and some amount of fiberglass. This technology has first time been introduced by the professor of engineering Thomas Nosker at Rutgers.
Plastics have a quality that they don’t degrade. Buried in the ground for centuries may even not decay them completely. Many people for the same reasons melt plastic and use it as boards at beech house decks or many make out clothing material by twirling it up.
According to the environmental policy makers, recycling of plastic has been a common process since 1980s, but much more could be done from it apart from recycling. The town of York,Me; has created future by almost completing a polymer bridge made of plastic. According to the Environment Protection Agency’s 2010 figures, country recycles only 27.5% of its plastic bottles waste which is very less as compared to the 71% and 67% of newspaper and steel cans recycling figures.
The President and Chief executive of the Axion International company, Steven Silverman stated they have a very fine and clean process of manufacturing building material from plastics. The process involves on heating by electricity and no other chemicals to mould to plastics to different shapes.
The CEO further stated that using reconditioned plastics costs much less than the steel and concrete being used in many other projects. Apart from the York’s bridge, the Axion International is working on many other projects like railroad ties in Trinidad and Tobago. Steven is further working on his future ventures like building sound barriers on the main highways instead of making them from concrete and beams. Making railroads from wood is quite expensive and affect the greenery as well. Railroads made from plastics are free from bugs attack and are water resistant too.
Apart from making building material from plastic, different companies have successfully experimented to derive crude oil from discarded plastic. A system cooks plastic into gas and later condenses the vapors into hydrocarbons that can easily be converted into jet diesel and fuel.
A company based in UK developed a material named i-pas from recycled plastic, which has tendency to replace concrete, steel and timber. This new material can also be used to make bridges, rubber sidewalks, footpaths, walls and fences.
Extracting oil and making building material from old discarded plastic is a sign of innovation and represents the growth of recycling industry.