Did you know that not all plastic waste is the same? The majority of plastics produced are often used in packaging where the life cycle is extremely short lived. These plastics include polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). However, plastics like polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), the material that makes up ACRYLITE® acrylic, is one of the plastics used to make high-quality, durable consumer and industrial goods that are meant to last.
Although PMMA in particular makes up a very small portion of plastic waste, ACRYLITE® acrylic is founded on sustainability and quality from the very first stage of raw material production. This has long-term effects on preventing the need for consumers of ACRYLITE® to manufacture new products at an early stage in their usage cycle, thus saving resources and preventing waste.
Built to Last
Due to its versatility, ACRYLITE® acrylic is used in a variety of applications, which naturally causes the utilization periods to vary greatly. However, ACRYLITE® is an extremely durable material with an extensive service life. This allows for a variety of applications to last 30 years or longer without the need of replacement. This is possible even with outdoor applications such as patio covers, noise barriers, signage, and industrial and private roofs, to name a few. By delaying the need for replacement, waste is successfully mitigated.
When the time does come for the plastics to be reintroduced into the recycling loop, it is important that every partaker do their part, from the production, fabrication, and end user stage. Roehm initiatives have been put in place in order to ensure that plastics, especially any waste generated during production, are recycled and do not end up in the environment.
Since the material is not hazardous or considered special waste, ACRYLITE® can be easily disposed of. End users can do this by using a local disposal business, a local recycler, or simply disposing as household waste. ACRYLITE® is often burned for energy generation, where only water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are produced in this process provided that no additional fuel is used and under the right incineration conditions, meaning no air pollutants or toxic fumes are produced.
The majority of plastics are shredded, melted down and then turned into other products of lower value, a process which is called downcycling. A great benefit of ACRYLITE® products are that they can be broken down into their original components using chemical recycling to create new sheets, tubes, and rods with virtually the same quality. Only suitable for a limited number of plastics, this process saves resources and avoids waste.