Development of a Polythene Recycling Machine from Locally Sourced Materials

Andrew O. Odior, Festus A. Oyawale, Joe K. Odusote


Non-biodegradable polythene and nylon wastes constitute a nuisance in all the urban areas in Nigeria. The paper presents the design and manufacture of a waste-recycling machine to convert these waste materials to reusable materials. The machine uses designed to use fixed and rotary blades for slitting the loaded wastes. The rotary blades are rotated by a single phase, high speed electric motor and the friction generated provides the heat required to soften the waste charges. The recycling machine produces an average of 35kg of small flakes of recycled waste per hour at a machine speed of 2880 rpm.

Keywords: Polythene, Nylon, Biodegradable, Waste Recycling, Electric Motor

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