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Akshar Plastic Inc buys plastic and sells plastic in all formats: Plastic Regrind, Reprocessed Plastic, Plastic Pellets and Scrap Plastic particularly the following: engineering plastics & commodity grade:
 
 
 

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ISRI
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) is the non-profit trade association that is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry."
 

Based in Washington, D.C., ISRI represents more than 1,600 private and public for-profit companies that process, broker, and industrially consume scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. ISRI members employ more than 50,000 individuals and operate at more than 3,000 facilities worldwide, more than 80 percent of which are located in the United States.

 
Plastics News
The Plastics News Global Group — owned by Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc. — encompasses three print publications, four Web sites, seven e-mail newsletters, a trade show, multiple conferences, and two industry award programs.
 
Society of the Plastics Industry
Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs 1.1 million workers and provides nearly $379 billion in annual shipments.
 

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., SPI promotes business development via a suite of commercial services and trade shows, fosters the sustainable growth of plastics in the global marketplace, provides industry representation in the public policy arena and communicates the industry’s contributions to society and the benefits of its products.

 
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the companies that make the products that make modern life possible, while working to protect the environment, public health, and the security of our nation. Founded in 1872, our support for research and initiatives that serve our communities and customers continues to this day. Our member companies have committed to implement a set of goals and guidelines that go above and beyond federal regulation on health, safety, security, and the environment. Membership also brings with it important business opportunities and information, including meetings and networking, economics, statistics, publications and a special forum responding to the needs of smaller companies. Since 1988, our Responsible Care® initiative has led to the reduction of releases to the environment by more than 71 percent and a safety record that is more than four times safer than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector. With your help, we can do even better.
 
Society of Plastics Engineers
Every day the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) helps people and companies in the plastics industry succeed. How? By spreading knowledge , strengthening skills and promoting plastics. SPE is the only place where people from all parts of the industry can come together around important issues and technologies. SPE’s contribution to the plastics industry for over 60 years has made a significant difference to the technologies and innovations the industry enjoys today. In the process, we've developed a 20,000-member network of leading engineers, scientists and other plastics professionals, including technicians, salespeople, marketers, retailers and representatives from tertiary industries.
 
Today, the industry is more interdependent than ever, and professional networks have taken on global dimensions. Such networks are almost impossible to develop and maintain in our fast-paced industry. Participation in SPE is a key success factor for those who want to thrive in today’s business environment.
 

BAN Basel Action Network

BAN is the world's only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies) and its devastating impacts. Working at the nexus of human rights and environment, we confront the issues of environmental justice at a macro level, preventing disproportionate and unsustainable dumping of the world's toxic waste and pollution on our global village's poorest residents. At the same time we actively promote the sustainable and just solutions to our consumption and waste crises -- banning waste trade, while promoting green, toxic free and democratic design of consumer products.
 
ASTM
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.
 
ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), was formed over a century ago, when a forward-thinking group of engineers and scientists got together to address frequent rail breaks in the burgeoning railroad industry. Their work led to standardization on the steel used in rail construction, ultimately improving railroad safety for the public. As the century progressed and new industrial, governmental and environmental developments created new standardization requirements, ASTM answered the call with consensus standards that have made products and services safer, better and more cost-effective. The proud tradition and forward vision that started in 1898 is still the hallmark of ASTM International.
 
Today, ASTM continues to play a leadership role in addressing the standardization needs of the global marketplace. Known for its best in class practices for standards development and delivery, ASTM is at the forefront in the use of innovative technology to help its members do standards development work, while also increasing the accessibility of ASTM International standards to the world.
 
ASTM continues to be the standards forum of choice of a diverse range of industries that come together under the ASTM umbrella to solve standardization challenges. In recent years, stakeholders involved in issues ranging from safety in recreational aviation, to fiber optic cable installations in underground utilities, to homeland security, have come together under ASTM to set consensus standards for their industries.
 

Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over 30,000 ASTM members. These technical experts represent producers, users, consumers, government and academia from over 120 countries. Participation in ASTM International is open to all with a material interest, anywhere in the world.

 
 
The Language of Plastic Scrap
Common Plastics Recycling Terms
 

The Language of Plastic Scrap

Common Plastics Recycling Terms

ADDITIVES A diverse group of specialty chemicals incorporated into plastic formulations before or during processing, or to the surfaces of finished products after processing. Their primary purpose is to modify the behavior of plastics during processing or to impart useful properties to fabricated plastic articles.

BALE The end product of a compaction process that is used to decrease the volume that material occupies by increasing the density and weight. Bales are typically 3' x 4' x 5' and must be bound with plastic strapping or wire to keep from falling apart

BALER Equipment that compacts and binds recyclable materials to reduce volume and transportation costs

BLOW MOLDING A widely used process for the production of hollow thermoplastic shapes. The process is divided into two general categories: extrusion blow molding and injection blow molding. These processes are typically used to manufacture plastic bottles and containers 

COMMINGLED Mixed recyclables that are collected or processed together

COMPOUNDING The incorporation of additional ingredients needed for processing in order to have optimal properties. These ingredients may include Additives to improve a polymer's physical properties, stability or processability. Compounding is usually required for recycled materials for the following reasons:

Recycled materials are typically ground from parts that produce flakes. The compounding (pelletizing) process turns them into pellets that can be more easily handled by traditional plastics processing equipment.

It allows Additives to be compounded into the recycled material to meet target application requirements.

It allows virgin materials to be mixed with recycled materials to meet material specifications for performance and recycled material content targets.

It provides a very important homogenization step. Recycled materials are usually a mix of many different grades of the same basic material. Even though the materials might be from the same family, differences in molecular weight, copolymer ratios, etc. can lead to a mixed material having poor homogeneity. The intensive physical mixing in a molten polymer that is achieved during extrusion can homogenize different grades of materials and even some types and amounts of foreign material that might not have been removed during the recycling process.

 

CONTAMINATION Most recovered plastic bales only allow a 2% contamination of non-specified plastic or non-plastic (metals, etc.) material. Under no circumstances do the end users want any free liquids in the plastic containers. In particular, paper labels are a big source of contamination on plastic film since there is no automated process for removing them.

DENSIFICATION A process that lowers the volume-to-weight ratio in order to reduce shipping costs. Baling is the most common form of densification, although some handlers of post-consumer plastic plastics granulate or grind collected material

ELASTOMER A material which can be stretched at room temperature to at least twice its size and upon release of the stress, will return to approximately its original length

EXTRUSION One of the most common plastics processing techniques covering a vast range of applications in which resins are melted, heated and pumped for processing. Extrusion machines accomplish these tasks by means of one or more internal screws. In extrusion, the material to be processed is sheared between the root of the screw and the wall of the barrel that surround it. This process produces frictional energy that heats and melts the substance as it is conveyed down the barrel. Melted extrudate from the machine is further processed after the extrusion phase, which typically produces pellets, sheet, cast film, blown film, fibers, coatings, pipes, profiles or molded parts

FERROUS METALS (FE) magnetic metals which are predominantly composed of iron

FR Fire Retardant

GAYLORD CONTAINER The trade name for a large, reusable corrugated container used for shipping materials

GRADING Rating recyclable materials into homogenous categories by type and quality

GRINDING (Regrind) A size reduction technique that usually utilizes a series of rollers3

INDUSTRIAL SCRAP Any plastic resin or products, such as factory regrind and plant scrap, recycled outside of the primary manufacturing facility. Also referred to as post-industrial or pre-consumer plastics

INJECTION MOLDING A process that involves transmitting melted resin into a mold's cavity; the molten resin then cools and solidifies, and the finished piece is ejected from the mold

MATERIALS RECOVERY FACILITY (MRF) A recycling facility that sorts and processes collected mixed recyclables into individual streams for market. Also known as an intermediate processing center

MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE (MSW) Residential and commercial trash and/or garbage generated by a particular municipal area

NATURAL Plastics that have no color are clear or slightly opaque such as milk jugs, and the typically clear uncolored water bottles. Natural is different from White

NON FERROUS SCRAP METALS (NF) Metals which contain no iron, such as aluminum, copper, brass and bronze

PELLETIZING A process for producing a uniform particle size of virgin or recycled plastic resins. Molten polymer from an extruder is forced through a die to form multiple strands of resin (similar to the chopping of spaghetti from extruded dough). Traditionally the strands are pulled by nip rolls through a water bath to cool and solidify and then into a cutting chamber where they are chopped into approximately 1/4" lengths. Modern systems incorporate underwater pelletizers where the strands are cut by a rotating knife immediately upon exiting the die. This operation takes place in a closed head as water circulates through to cool and carry the pellets away. Both methods move the pellets to a dewatering/drying system prior to final packout

PIGMENTED/DYED Plastics that may be clear or opaque and are colored white, black or any other color. A clear water bottle that is green is considered pigmented. White plastics are considered pigmented

PLASTIC A plastic material is any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solid used in the manufacture of industrial products

POLYMER A high-molecular-weight organic compound, natural or synthetic, whose structure can be represented by a repeated small unit, the monomer (e.g., polyethylene, rubber, cellulose). Synthetic polymers are formed by addition or condensation polymerization of monomers. If two or more different monomers are involved, a copolymer is obtained. Some polymers are elastomers, some plastics

POST CONSUMER MATERIAL Any household or commercial product which has served its original, intended use

POST INDUSTRIAL MATERIAL Industrial manufacturing scrap

PRE-CONSUMER WASTE is waste produced by converting or printing operations and includes any scraps, trimmings, overruns, etc

RECLAIMER A company that processes post-consumer materials into new products. See also: Reprocessing

RECYCLING Process by which materials that would otherwise become solid waste are collected, separated or processed and returned to the economic mainstream to be reused in the form of raw materials or finished goods

REGRIND Ground up recyclable plastics

REPROCESSING (Repro) Operation of reforming reclaimed materials into new products

RESIN Any of a class of solid or semi-solid organic products of natural or synthetic origin, generally of high molecular weight with no definite melting point. Most resins are polymers

SCRAP That portion of solid waste which can be economically recycled

SECONDARY MATERIAL (Seconds) See: Post consumer material; Post industrial material

SHREDDING Size reduction by shearing action

SORTING Plastics that are sorted by color then into one specific grade are more valuable than a mixture of different grades. Most polymers cannot and should not be mixed in the recycling process

STABILIZERS increase both virgin resin's and post-consumer plastic plastic's strength and resistance to degradation. Heat stabilizers provide resistance to thermal degradation during periods of exposure to elevated temperatures. Thermal degradation is reduced not only during processing but also during the useful life of the finished products. Light stabilizers are used in a variety of resins to limit the effects of sunlight or other sources of ultra violet radiation. Antioxidants can be used as sacrificial additives to protect plastics from oxidizing environments. Stabilizers are important for post-consumer plastic plastics because reprocessing exposes the material to additional heat histories through compounding and molding. It is also important to replenish sacrificial Additives that might have been expended during the material's previous application and/or during the added heat histories

THERMOPLASTICS (TPO) Plastics which can be reformed repeatedly by application of heat and pressure

THERMOSETS Plastics which once molded cannot be reformed using heat or pressure

TIPPING FEE Charge for the unloading or dumping of waste at a recycling facility, composting facility, landfill, transfer station or waste to energy facility

TPO See: Thermoplastics

WASTE RECYCLING A method of recovering waste as resources. It includes the reuse of wastes or the collection and treatment of a waste product for use as a replacement of all or part of the raw material in the manufacturing process

 
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