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Odour Control: Identifying odour and deodourising recycled polymers

Of the UK’s 260,000 tonnes of post-consumer polypropylene waste, under 1% is recycled into high quality products (e.g. automotive applications). One of the main reasons for this is the fact that polymers retain odours from their previous applications (e.g. containers for food, sauces, detergents), which deems them unviable for use in the production of high value products. 

The Odour Control project aims to create a validated prototype of a process to provide a cost-effective method for identifying odour and deodourising recycled polymers, which can then be implemented during the manufacture of higher value products. 

Project Outcomes 
• We’re delighted to say that we have installed a state-of-the-art, modified laboratory-scale extrusion line with vast flexibility of machine configuration for development of the process 

• The project consortium has also designed and built bespoke processing technology, which is undergoing operational testing 

• Laboratory trials for experimentation on the deodourising prototypes and their effectiveness are being carried out in the coming months and into next year 

We are currently in talks to develop this important piece of work further. Odour control is one of the key challenges in the arena of utilising recycled plastics, so we are committed to playing our part in finding a viable, long term solution.  

Our sincere thanks to our funding body, Innovate UK and to our project partners, the University of LincolnMatrix Moulding Systems and IPL Global.
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ST ANDREW’S HOSPICE BENEFITS FROM LUXUS TURNING 50
ST ANDREW’S HOSPICE BENEFITS FROM LUXUS TURNING 50
Staff and Managing Director, Peter Atterby at Louth based plastics compounder and recycler Luxus, recently presented a cheque for £500 to St Andrew’s Hospice representative, Lucy Wood.
The Grimsby based charity cares for people with life limiting illnesses in North East Lincolnshire (www.standrewshospice.com). The funds were raised by staff thanks to a raffle held at the company’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Best Western Oaklands Hall Hotel in Laceby, Lincolnshire earlier this year.
Sarah Coggle, sales office manager, Luxus, explains: "We decided to do something for a local charity and St Andrew's Hospice was chosen by a colleague who has had some involvement with them. The charity was a popular choice and the raffle went down very well, especially the prize of a day off work.
"We'd also like to thank the local businesses who donated prizes. There were many good items on offer, including a meat voucher and a bike donated by J C Cook. We would also like to say thank you to our staff for their support. The hospice touches so many people's lives; it is such a vital facility."
 
 

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