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Is Polycarbonate Sheet Recyclable?
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Many people who care about their impact on the environment (and minimising it as much as possible) are interested in the use of recyclable construction materials. This gives them the peace of mind that any leftover materials can be disposed of responsibly and that, should the structure be dismantled in the future, it won’t end up in landfill. One material that many people are unsure about is polycarbonate roofing sheet, which we have discussed in more detail here.

Is polycarbonate recyclable?

In short, the answer is yes. Once the polycarbonate sheet has reached the end of its usable life, it can be taken to the local recycling centre and ground down to be used in the manufacture of new material. Depending on whether the sheet has received any damage or not, it could also be reused as is. This will, however, be at the discretion of the recycling centre – they decide whether to sell the material on for reuse or whether to recycle it.

What grades of polycarbonate are accepted?

Many people don’t actually realise that these sheets come in a variety of grades and formats, and that not all of them are actually accepted for recycling. We have outlined the most common ones below:

Clear, post-industrial off cuts
This grade usually covers anything that is 3mm thick or more, such as extruded profiles, tubes and machined parts. They should be packed in pallets, boxes or bags for easier disposal.

Mixed colour, post-industrial off cuts
This grade usually covers anything that is 3mm thick or more. They should be packed in bales, boxes, bags or another format that makes it easy to dispose of the material.

Mixed Multiwall post-industrial off cuts
This grade is actually a specific type of polycarbonate that is often used for construction purposes, such as patios, pergolas, verandahs, and even carports. They should be baled for easier disposal.

This grade covers anything that has polycarbonate mixed in with it, such as ABS/PC and PET/PC. Some of these items include car parts, pallets and glass filled. Pack them accordingly.

Are there any contamination issues?

Anyone who has previously recycled unwanted materials will have realised that contamination can actually prevent some things from being accepted. The most common issue seen with polycarbonate sheet is that it is commonly mixed in with PMMA (acrylic), as they share many of the same applications. This won’t stop your supplies from being accepted, but you’ll find that you receive a high price from the recycling facility if they’re segregated.

We hope that the information provided above has given you an idea of whether you will feel comfortable using polycarbonate sheet in your upcoming construction project. At the end of the day, the most important thing to keep in mind is that polycarbonate is most certainly recyclable – it can be ground down to make new sheets, or it can be reused as it. Just keep in mind that you may have to search for a recycling facility who will accept your stock.

Arcospace provides high quality multiwall Polycarbonate sheets are better than other type of roofing sheets. It is stable and very durable and can resist high and low temperatures.

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