Recycling of Polyethylene Terephthalate Bottles
Plastics Design Library Series

Coordinators: Thomas Sabu, Rane Ajay Vasudeo, Kanny Krishnan, VK Abitha, Thomas Martin George

Language: Anglais
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Recycling of Polyethylene Terephthalate Bottles provides an overview of PET chemistry, highlighting the main degradation, depolymerization processes and pathways of PET, along with the applications of recycled monomers derived from PET waste. The latest methodologies of recycling and feedstock recovery are covered, providing critical foundational information. In addition, the book discusses a range of established methods of polymer recycling, with an emphasis on real world industrial case studies and the latest academic research. Users will find in-depth lifecycle and cost analysis of each waste management method, comparing the suitability and feasibility of each to support the decision -making process.

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is the most recycled plastic in the world, but still represents a significant amount of landfill waste. This book presents an update on new regulations, providing recommendations for new opportunities in this area, including new processing methods and applications for recycled PET.



  • Features a comprehensive introduction to the waste management of PET bottles, from regulatory concerns, to the range of different methods of materials recovery
  • Enables practitioners to choose the most efficient and effective waste management process
  • Includes detailed lifecycle and cost analysis information
  • Compares traditional thermal recycling methods with more recently developed monomer recovery and chemical recycling methods

1. Introduction to polymers 2. Polyurethane foam chemistry 3. Recycling techniques 4. Economic and environmental impact of plastic wastes, management of plastic wastes, mechanical recycling, feedstock recycling, sorting and separation of mixed plastics, future trends in plastic waste management 5. Degradation vs. Decomposition 6. Introduction to chemical depolymerization 7. Chemical depolymerization of polyurethane foam via glycolysis 8. Chemical depolymerization of polyurethane foam via hydrolysis 9. Chemical depolymerization of polyurethane foam via ammonolysis and aminolysis 10. Chemical depolymerization of polyurethane foam via combined chemolysis methods 11. Life cycle analysis of polyurethane foam wastes 12. Applications of chemically depolymerized polyurethane foam 13. Applications of mechanically grounded polyurethane foam

Engineers and sustainability professionals involved in the design, manufacture and end-of-life process for PET bottles. Academic researchers linked to the recycling and recovery or plastics industry.

Prof. Sabu Thomas is the Director of International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. Prof. Thomas has (co-)authored 700 papers in international peer-reviewed journals in the area of polymer science and nanomaterials. He has organized several international conferences and workshops. His research group focuses on specialized areas of polymers and has extensive collaborative exchange programs with various industries and institutions throughout the world. He is in the list of most productive researchers in India. He has 5 patents to his credit, and edited 73 books. The H- index of Prof. Thomas is 79. He has been awarded MRSI, CRSI and Nanotech medals. Prof. Thomas has been conferred Honoris Causa DSc from University of South Brittany, France and University of Lorraine, France.
Ajay Vasudeo Rane is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. His research focuses include polymer blends, ageing and degradation of polymeric materials, green chemistry, and polymer recycling.
Krishnan Kanny is a Professor of Material Science and Engineering at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. He is a seasoned engineer and scientist with over twenty years research experience in advanced engineering materials systems, and more than 120 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.
Abitha V K is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. Within the field of polymer science, her research interests include polymer blends, ageing and degradation of polymeric materials, green chemistry, and polymer recycling.
Martin George Thomas is a research student at the International and Interuniversity Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Kottayam, Kerala, currently performing research into the areas of epoxy nanocomposites.