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2023 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

6. Constraints to the Application of Recycled Plastics

Author : Luís Eduardo Pimentel Real

Published in: Recycled Materials for Construction Applications

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

The use of recycled plastic materials in normally demanding construction products is currently hampered by the idea that recycled materials are of low quality, have low durability, and inferior properties than traditional materials, which is not always true.
However, there are still difficulties to overcome with the quality of the recycled plastics and several obstacles that hinder a wider use of recycled plastics in the construction sector, like cost. The main issues on plastic recyclates are lack of stability, presence of impurities, pigments and dyes (colors), additives, mixed plastic and hybrid materials.
Thus, in this chapter, some environmental problems associated with recycling and main difficulties in the recycling of plastics are presented.

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Literature
go back to reference Plastic Zero (2013b) Plastic zero – public private cooperations for avoiding plastic as a waste. Action 4.2: Report on assessment of relevant recycling technologies. Projeto UE LIFE10 ENV/DK/098 Plastic Zero (2013b) Plastic zero – public private cooperations for avoiding plastic as a waste. Action 4.2: Report on assessment of relevant recycling technologies. Projeto UE LIFE10 ENV/DK/098
Metadata
Title
Constraints to the Application of Recycled Plastics
Author
Luís Eduardo Pimentel Real
Copyright Year
2023
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-14872-9_6