Helping ensure your materials are fit for purpose

As the complexity of recycling plants continues to increase - enabling the separation of different plastics by type and color, for example - so does the content of the material requiring recycling.

Foreign materials, such as metals, dust and debris can collect within waste materials as a consequence of their working environment. Other foreign materials may be the result of the original application, such as food or hazardous materials including paint, vehicle fluids or pesticides - contaminating the vast majority of waste plastic to be recycled.  

How Smithers can help

Our experts can work with you to provide accurate data and guidance on your recycled materials and their usage. We offer standard and custom testing, formulation guidance and an extensive range of chemical and mechanical material performance testing.

Smithers can test to the following standards which cover the characterization of common recycled plastics:
  • BS EN 15342:2007 Polystyrene (PS)
  • BS EN 15344:2007 Polyethylene (PE)
  • BS EN 15345:2007 Polypropylene (PP)
  • BS EN 15346:2007 Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC)
  • BS EN 15348:2007 Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)
Contact an expert today if you would like to find out more about this service and how Smithers can support the development of your sustainable materials and to see more of our chemical and mechanical material testing services.
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