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2013-10-29 12:58:13 PM
Yeah I'd love to have several thousands of dollars worth of plastic extruders, shredders, moulders and all the associated power, ventilation and safety problems that go with it.
 
2013-10-29 12:59:13 PM
Just wait until we put these into space for human habitation of Mars!!!
 
2013-10-29 01:03:31 PM
Packaging has always been the issue. Fix the packaging, stop filling up the landfills.

Would love to play with this equipment though.
 
2013-10-29 01:19:21 PM
1. Instead of just mixing it all together, keep everything sorted by color.
2. Create the proper molds.
3 LEGO Factory!

/fairy liquid??
 
2013-10-29 01:24:17 PM

BarleyGnome: Packaging has always been the issue. Fix the packaging, stop filling up the landfills.

Would love to play with this equipment though.


Nah, I like taking 20 minutes to hack through bullet-proof plastic that's 90% bigger than the enclosed contents.
 
2013-10-29 01:35:00 PM

DigitalCoffee: /fairy liquid??


It's probably best not to ask.
 
2013-10-29 01:35:06 PM
Is this a 3D printing article?  I don't have the patience for the damn site to load.
 
2013-10-29 01:40:30 PM

JohnAnnArbor: DigitalCoffee: /fairy liquid??

It's probably best not to ask.


Yeah. After I posted that I was thinking "Disney or San Francisco" and decided that it was a loser either way.

/sometimes TMYK is TMI
 
2013-10-29 01:42:10 PM
The real problem is that plastics come from point sources, and the process of recycling them is essentially reversing entropy. Chuck the whole waste stream into giant 700C 50 kPa pressure cookers and render the product into crud, then burn or crack the syngas into new plastics. Sift the sludge for metals, check the remainder for recoverable metals and chuck the rest into much smaller landfills.

I think we could make it a continuous process by making the feeder akin to a roots blower.
 
2013-10-29 01:48:54 PM
"Schredding"? Is that the Queen's spelling again?

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2013-10-29 01:52:41 PM

Ecobuckeye: "Schredding"? Is that the Queen's spelling again?

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Noe. Thaut is not the Queen's English. That's reta... Irish.
 
2013-10-29 01:54:01 PM
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2013-10-29 01:54:27 PM
We need industrial-sized mass spectrometers. Ionize everything and separate it into elements and molecules. But empty the fissionable bins frequently.
 
2013-10-29 02:09:46 PM
Mine came preinstalled

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2013-10-29 02:11:00 PM

WelldeadLink: We need industrial-sized mass spectrometers. Ionize everything and separate it into elements and molecules. But empty the fissionable bins frequently.


That was one of the proposed concepts for nuclear furnaces back in the day.  In addition to boiling water for power generation, that we could essentially render waste to the molecular level... for recovery and recycling.  Still a bit fanciful, even given today's technology.
 
2013-10-29 02:24:46 PM
I just want a machine that you put old plastic in one end and 3D print stuff at the business end. I`d get bottles and make bottles out of them.
 
2013-10-29 02:30:03 PM
Recycling plastic is stupid. Landfills really don't take up a lot of space, recycling uses more energy than making new plastic, untill we stop drilling for oil plastic will always be cheap and pletiful.  If people would just stop throwing their garbage into the sea or on the side of the road it would be a non issue.
 
2013-10-29 02:33:29 PM
So basically he took a bunch of useless crap and made it into other useless crap. I don't know about anyone else but I don't want my house decorated with a bunch of multicolored plastic junk.
 
2013-10-29 02:37:03 PM

Ecobuckeye: "Schredding"? Is that the Queen's spelling again?

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I got stuck on "stabalizer."
 
2013-10-29 02:41:08 PM

dready zim: I just want a machine that you put old plastic in one end and 3D print stuff at the business end. I`d get bottles and make bottles out of them.


i236.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-29 02:44:56 PM
The reason why so little plastic is recycled is twofold. The first one is simple, people are lazy.

The second is more complex. Plastic isn't like metal, you don't just melt it down and pour it into a new mold. You can do this to some extent but you end up with a brittle product. The majority of recycled plastic is ground into a powder and used as a filler agent in other materials. The biggest problem with recycling, and the reasons a lot of places don't do it, is that there isn't much room for profit or even breaking even on it. It is to expensive to ship recyclables any distance so if there isn't a factory in your area that can use them you're out of luck.
 
2013-10-29 02:56:32 PM
 
2013-10-29 03:24:05 PM

milowitz: Nah, I like taking 20 minutes to hack through bullet-proof plastic that's 90% bigger than the enclosed contents.


I've always thought that if I wanted to snap and become a sadistic evil person - I'd just become an engineer who designs packaging for children's toys.

Those are the most evil bastards on the planet.  Every Christmas morning I look like I'm on my way to a gang war, with knives, scissors, box cutters, wire cutters....
 
2013-10-29 03:35:13 PM
Sounds neat but I'm still waiting for my downloadable car.
 
2013-10-29 05:40:21 PM
Still really tired of design websites that are, themselves, really poorly designed. That is not how to make a favorable impression.

If you can't keep it simple, you probably haven't developed it well.
 
2013-10-29 06:40:38 PM
True Story

Summer of 1990 I was part of a team which demonstrated to the EPA - Secretary Reilly - the stunning advancement we'd made in creating a Landfill In A Box.

10 acres
Bermed, landscaped
One drive in, one drive out. No odor, no loose flying all over the place paper .. etc
63,000 sqft tilt up building
5 loading doors, enclosed. All indoor operation.
Live floor for receiving waste
Trucks come in, dump, drive out, door shuts
Live floor carries waste (not going to explain sorting) to hammer mills in succession
What remained looked like rock-wool
Conveyor carries up to indoor silos, gravity feeding -
- Modified hot mix asphalt tumblers.
Which were fed waste mix, genetically tailored microbes and live steam.
Sterile but nutrient rich compost came out the far end in 8 hour cycles.

F*cking ingenious.
EPA stomped all over it.
Advised the USA dig more holes in the ground to bury municipal waste.
That's government involvement with innovation
 
2013-10-29 07:11:34 PM

RandomAxe: Still really tired of design websites that are, themselves, really poorly designed. That is not how to make a favorable impression.


He recycled the plastic into a vase, a spinning top, and an ugly shade for a pendant lamp. How much worse can the impression get?
 
2013-10-30 08:16:52 AM

Clemkadidlefark: True Story

Summer of 1990 I was part of a team which demonstrated to the EPA - Secretary Reilly - the stunning advancement we'd made in creating a Landfill In A Box.

10 acres
Bermed, landscaped
One drive in, one drive out. No odor, no loose flying all over the place paper .. etc
63,000 sqft tilt up building
5 loading doors, enclosed. All indoor operation.
Live floor for receiving waste
Trucks come in, dump, drive out, door shuts
Live floor carries waste (not going to explain sorting) to hammer mills in succession
What remained looked like rock-wool
Conveyor carries up to indoor silos, gravity feeding -
- Modified hot mix asphalt tumblers.
Which were fed waste mix, genetically tailored microbes and live steam.
Sterile but nutrient rich compost came out the far end in 8 hour cycles.

F*cking ingenious.
EPA stomped all over it.
Advised the USA dig more holes in the ground to bury municipal waste.
That's government involvement with innovation


How did you remove heavy metals, PCBs, and dioxins?
 
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