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S. Kuciel, P. Kuźniar, M. Nykiel

Biodegradable polymers in the general waste stream – the issue of recycling
with polyethylene packaging materials (in English)

Polimery 2018, No 1, 31


DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.2018.1.5

Summary

This paper aims to outline the consequences of unintended mixing of polyolefin and biodegradable materials during recycling. The research was done on blends of high density polyethylene (­PE-HD) and two commercial biopolymers intended for packaging applications. The mechanical properties, microstructures, water absorptions and DSC results were analyzed. A significant decrease in the blend properties compared to neat polyethylene and biopolymers is a warning against the poor waste management of biodegradable products.
Keywords: biopolymers, biodegradability, mechanical recycling, polyolefins
e-mail: stask@mech.pk.edu.pl
S. Kuciel, P. Kuźniar, M. Nykiel (1.26 MB)
Biodegradable polymers in the general waste stream – the issue of recycling with polyethylene packaging materials (in English)