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Abstract Title: Quantitative analysis of the mixed plastic waste
Abstract Type: Seminar
Session Choice: Spectroscopy, Thermal & Elemental
Presenter Name: Mr Raeid Sadeq
Company/Organisation: SABIC
Country: Saudi Arabia

Abstract Information :

Plastics have occupied an essential part of life. Their usage pattern in daily life in furniture, housewares, mechanical, engineering, aviation, floor sheet, lamination, biomedical are only a few examples. However, inappropriate disposal and utilization of recycled plastic products are significant sources of environmental pollution. In addition, packaging material has many toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury. Thus, it contaminates the environment and causes public health problems.

Nevertheless, until today, limited data are available on detailed polymer composition and elemental quantities of municipal plastic waste, which is the essential information for mixed plastic waste recycling to produce a stream of valuable chemicals. Here, we use the virgin polymers (PE, PP, PS, LDPE, HDPE) that are the major components of the MPW to prepare the uniformly mixed samples. The virgin polymers' FTIR and DSC spectrum features are used to prepare the standard calibration curves (SCC), which are then used to quantify the MPW. In this work, we also performed the elemental composition analysis of the MPW by XRF and ICP, including C, H, N, S, O.