How to Dispose of a Microwave Safely and Economically
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Now he says the technology derived from those early efforts will make it possible to produce plastic almost exclusively from recycled materials.We’re consuming more and more plastics, says the Quebec-based engineer and founder of Pyrowave, a company pioneering microwave-based plastic recycling technology. “Yet there are not that many solutions to address the end-of-life problem, and this is what we’re proposing.”
The technology is so promising it has caught the attention of French tire giant Michelin. Last year, the company announced a partnership with Pyrowave to build a Microwave Recycling system for tires. It will be the first time Doucet's technology is used on a commercial scale.
Most recycling in Canada today is mechanical, where plastics are shredded before being melted down to make new, usually lower-quality, products. For the process to be viable, the stream of plastics entering the processing facility needs to be clean and well sorted, which poses huge logistical challenges. Pyrowave’s technology then uses high-powered microwaves to break clean polystyrene, a common plastic used to make everything from yogurt cups to keyboards into molecular components, or monomers, that manufacturers can use to create entirely new polystyrene plastic.
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A microwave is a convenient piece of kitchen equipment, ideal for those who want to prepare or cook food fast. But like all devices, the functionality of a microwave can suffer over time. The more you use it, the more likely you’ll eventually need to replace it.
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