Plastics Recycling: Using Agricultural Residues to Improve Performance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,826.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2001-33610-10416
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-00314
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Agro-Plastics, Inc.
619 East 8th Street, Suite D, Lawrence, KS, 66044
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Donna Johnson
(785) 832-8866
donnaj@pinnaclet.com
Business Contact:
Donna Johnson
President
(785) 832-8866
donnaj@pinnaclet.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Agro-Plastics, Inc. has successfully developed and is commercializing a process that uses agricultural fibers as fillers in virgin plastics. The Agro-Plastic manufacturing plants are designed for small communities, providing employment and non-farm revenues at a time when small rural communities are struggling with depressed crop prices and loss of manufacturing jobs. As a natural extension of this work, Agro-Plastics, Inc. is proposing to modify its existing process for use with waste (co-mingled) plastic. This will create additional income streams for rural areas, while reducing currently high waste disposal costs. To successfully construct this research, Agro-Plastics has teamed with USDA's Forest Products Laboratory, AJ Engineering Company, and Kansas State University. The research will demonstrate the feasibility of using agricultural fillers to add strength to co-mingled plastic and determine which plastic waste streams can be used. The project will focus on: improved binding of the co-mingled plastic with the agricultural fillers; improved strength of the co-mingled plastic; reduced cost of the agro-plastic; impact on rural communities; and a market analysis of end uses.

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