Polycarbonate Recycling

How is polycarbonate recycled?

Polycarbonate (PC) has significantly increased in popularity and uses over the last ten years. Its strong, rigid and transparent properties allow manufacturers to use it in many different applications. The material is thermally resistant up to 130 °C  which is why it’s commonly seen as roofing sheets. Polycarbonate is available in several different grades such as flame retardant, reinforced and shatter/crack resistant. This material is also commonly blended with ABS to make certain products.

Uses of Polycarbonate plastic include:

  • Head lamp lenses
  • Dashboards
  • Interior cladding
  • Electronic component housing
  • Mobile phones
  • Battery boxes
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Traffic Lights

How is polycarbonate recycled?

Polycarbonate is so strong that it’s less resistant to impact however, it’s fully recyclable and as it’s made from a natural resource (oil) it provides an excellent yields for plastic recycling factories. The usual process for recycling polycarbonate is to sort, shred and wash and then turn into a granulate ready for manufacturers to use again.