There’s Nothing We Can’t Do with Your Scrap
Since 1983 we have been we have been turning scrap into usable plastic. Throughout this time we have grown and stayed on the cutting edge of plastic recycling. Below you will find the multitude of services we can provide for you and your scrap.
*At this time we only accept materials by the truckload for these services
Plastic Scrap Services & Sales
We can separate plastics from pellets, parts or regrind that have been accidentally mixed together, including plastics of different polymers.
We can separate plastics of different colors (from batch blends, silos, containers, bulk transport and manufacturing processes) and deliver usable polymers back to you.
When rejects or scrap contain a combination of metal and plastics we can perform separation procedures that achieve high levels of purity allowing for maximum recycling or reprocessing value.
We can separate contaminants (dirt, wood, gravel, metal, paper, etc.) from plastic pellets, parts or regrind that are of different polymers and/or colors.
Scrap parts and assemblies often consists of a variety of plastics and metals which makes recycling them a real problem.
Aspiration is a process that uses air to separate dissimilar materials of different weight or to remove dust, fines and small particles from regrind or pelletized materials.
We can take regrind material and process it into pellets suitable for reintroduction to your manufacturing process using advanced filtration techniques coupled with other separation processes makes it possible to remove paper and wood and remove the burnt smell.
If you have complex consumer returns or packaging, such as empty laser toner cartidges, buckets, drums, totes, dunnage trays, agricultural trays, coat hangers and many other products, we can reclaim plastic from them which can be reintroduced into your process or sold for higher value.
Whether you’re interested in selling your scrap plastic or looking for a source of reprocessed polymers, we’re a solution for both!
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Our Scrap Plastic Capabilities
With more than 20 years in the industry, our facility is capable of doing so much with your scrap.
Granulator or Granulation
A process of reducing the size of parts or plastics to a size desired. Like these other technologies, Butler-MacDonald possesses many forms of granulation.
Shredder or Shredding
The process of bulk size reduction to enable other systems to accept the material.
A simple process of floating materials on water while others are allowed to sink. The density of an object determines whether it will float or sink in water.
Multiple forms of density separation can be used to separate different plastics by their inherent weight. Sink Float – for example - is a form of density separation.
Electrostatic charges are imparted upon particles to attract or repel differently charged material thereby separating them from the particle mixture.
Introduction of a counter air stream thereby causing finer and lighter density particles to be moved one direction over the heavier particles.
Zig Zag Separator
A different means of achieving aspiration but material bounces from side to side in chute as it falls.
A system that utilizes three essential elements of a separation system - air flow, speed of vibration, and the deck's differential action allowing heavy materials to be separated from light materials producing two or more fractions.
Similar function and outcome to that of the Gravity Separator but produces only two fractions, a light and heavy fraction.
Cyclone Separator and Hydrocyclone Separator
Both of these cyclones are used to separate solids or size materials aided by the media used within each device. Each device must be carefully selected for the outcome desired.
NIR Separator or Near Infrared Spectroscopy
By using near-infrared (NIR) sensors in compliance with extremely fast identification algorithms, these machines allow detection of differences in plastics based upon light transmission and reflectance. Typically pulsing air jets remove the fraction targeted from the mix. The failure of the technology can occur when the color of the plastic that is subjected to sensor identification is a dark color or of a small size. In these instances identification can fail. Pellet sized particles are almost impossible to identify.
Laser Separator or Laser Spectroscopy
Based on high-speed laser spectroscopy: it identifies material by using the opto-electronic spectrum. It has the advantage over NIR in that it can see smaller particles (with claims down to 0.7mm) and also can identify dark materials with some level of precision. Laser based units suffer in different ways than do NIR machines. Laser has not demonstrated ability to ID differences in polyolefins very well and also in many cases is not currently fast enough for its sensors to identify pellet sized material.
RGB Separator or Color Separation
There are multiple means of identifying contamination based upon differences in color, transparency, reflectance and light value. Some machines convert what you see into gray scale values, others can see color differences by RGB values and color spectrum. With a properly setup machine and the right machine choice, defects can be removed from plastic waste streams by a blast of air. The level and type of contamination greatly affects the outcome.
Where hot plastic is allowed to pass through a filter that can be made up of various sized screens, drums or discs that have pores or holes in the surface, Laser filters are used to remove non-abrasive contaminants that are present in higher amounts than can be handled with screen base filter systems. Laser based systems are not effective in removing any contaminant smaller than roughly 70 microns. Screen based systems can deal with contaminants smaller than 70 microns but cannot work well with high contamination levels that exceed 0.5%. Neither technology works very well with highly flexible materials such as silicones, gels or foams.
Metal Removal and Metal Detection
These systems come in various capabilities, styles and the application of how they are used is the difference between success and failure. Metal removal is a key ability of Butler-MacDonald and one where many companies seek out our expertise in removing it from the plastic material.
Plastic Blending and Plastic Compounding
A process whereby colorant and additives are added to one to many plastic materials to change the appearance or physical properties of the final product produced.
Pelletizing or Pelletizer
Plastic is extruded through holes in a dye to form strands that are cut in to small pellets suitable for direct use into manufacturing.
Single and twin screw extruders are used to perform different functions based upon the needs required.
Screening and Fines Removal
Where sieves and/or punch plates are used to allow material to pass through or stay on top of one to multiple layers to achieve a size desired.
Ready to Recycle, Reprocess or Buy Industrial Plastic?
Butler-MacDonald works with all types of industries to provide the services you need, whether you have material you would like to recycle, need full service recycle/reprocess/reuse tolling, or you are looking for a source of sustainable plastic for manufacturing needs. Connect with us on your terms to take the next step.