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Environmentally Sustainable Methodology in Polymeric Materials

  • Miguel Aguilar Cortes (a1), Martha Lilia Domínguez Patiño (a2) and Antonio Rodríguez Martínez (a3)

In recent decades, we have seen an increase in the use of computers. This presents a crossroads in deciding what to do with the units that become "obsolete". As society, we have created a new type of solid waste that must be handled differently because the diversity of materials composition. In addition, at the end of their life cycle also affects the environment when the materials are disposal in landfill; i.e. plastic substrate (polycarbonate), may lead to chronic problems such as hyperactivity, infertility or even cancer.

The recycling of electronic equipment is from whole parts, such as the electronic cables. Recover substances (plastics) and compounds (metals) from electronic cables could it be possible.

We are looking for a solution to this problem and we created a structure of recycling to reduce the waste at the source and allows that which cannot be reduced is recycled, because computers contain 20% of thermoplastics and 6% of plastic mixtures that are the subject of this investigation.

The recycled chemist hired himself since it provides capabilities that address the limitations of the mechanical recycling; you need large quantities of clean, separate, homogeneous plastic waste to be able to guarantee the quality of the final product. Chemical recycling overcomes these drawbacks, since the classification of the different types of plastic resins from of waste is not necessary.

Based on the data obtained from this research, determines that the recycling of computer waste in conjunction with other plans of reduction at source makes this a viable alternative for the management of the same. Benefits that can be derived by establishing a recycling of the computer waste program is donating units or sell these affordable to low-income people who otherwise would not have access to this technology.

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[2] Yang Zhou, Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China (2014)
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