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A SORTING SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF RECYCLED PET PLASTIC RESINS

Award Information

Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
30623
Program Year/Program:
1996 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
30623
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
National Recovery Technologies LLC
1508 Elm Hill Pike Suite 102 Nashville, TN 37210-3636
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1996
Title: A SORTING SYSTEM FOR IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF RECYCLED PET PLASTIC RESINS
Agency: EPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $225,000.00
 

Abstract:

It is well known that post-consumer plastics have become a tremendous burden uponour waste disposal system. Although plastics constitute only about 9% by weightof municipal solid waste, they occupy approximately 1/4 the volume of the wastestream. A particular increasing problem for the recycling of PET is the growthin the use of very lightly tinted PET bottles, particularly light blue tintedbottles for bottling of drinking water and household liquids. Existing automatedprocesses for sorting bottles by color are unable to recognize the light bluetint and generally direct these bottles into the clear PET product, whichconstitutes about 80% of recycled PET and is the highest valued of the PETrecycled products, resulting in a contamination of the product resin. Thetechnical objective of the Phase I proposed research is to establish feasibilityfor development of an automated high speed sorting system for sorting lightlytinted plastic bottles from clear plastic bottles.

Principal Investigator:

Dr.Edward J. Sommer, Jr.
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Business Contact:

Dr. Edward J. Sommer, Jr.
6157346400
Small Business Information at Submission:

National Recovery
566 Mainstream Drive Nashville, TN 37228

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No