Although not all plastic is recyclable, a large selection of them are. One of the most common reasons why a plastic cannot be recycled is because of the way the polymers within the material are bonded — due to the cross links between particles, they cannot be heated and reshaped.
Naturally, due to the nature of vacuum forming, we aim to avoid these types of plastic where possible within our operations.
Some of the most commonly recyclable plastics are:
Common plastics we use for vacuum forming as plastic manufacturers are:
Even if the specific plastic in question is not recyclable, there is a large chance that it is reusable. None of the plastics that go through our factory are intended for single use application. What we manufacture is intended to have a long product life and at the end of its life, it can be recycled and reprocessed so the wastage continues to be minimal.
Specifically when creating a bespoke vacuum formed item, there are a lot of ways to manipulate the plastic from design all the way to final product construction. As plastic is so versatile, and due to it’s characteristics, creating a final product to the exact requirements of the customer’s requests is achievable. This includes specific plastic and finish/texture of the product.
Similar to the way that the characteristics of the plastic make it extremely customisable, the manufacturing process is extremely efficient. From melting the plastic pellets to shaping the product, vacuum forming is a methodical process.
As plastic manufacturers, creating a product in an efficient, timely manner is detrimental, not only for the organisation but for the customer too.