Baltimore - Submitted by basementhacker on Apr 25 2015

The increased use of 3D printing technologies will exponentially increase the amount of waste plastic materials floating around as trash. These waste plastic objects will, as all the other trash in Baltimore, eventually make it into the Bay. FilaCycle, a company or governmental agency, would remove these objects in much the same way as present recycling companies do and use them to create new filament strands to be sold back to consumers. The plastic would be sorted by color and chemical makeup (ABS v. PLA), then remelted and stranded into the filament needed.

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Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
May 5 2015
4:14 PM
You would need to bring in recycling (particularly plastics) companies, local trash collections companies, local city and county council, and local businesses for cooperation. Real Estate and company zoning would need to be taken into consideration as well as expertise and I believe the above would be necessary to begin proper planning.
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What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
May 5 2015
4:14 PM
You will need a sorting location that separates plastics based on the resin type and color (color is optional based on the actual influx) and separate shedders for each (to turn the plastic into pellets). Once pellets are created, you would need to heat the products and send them through a line to turn the plastics into a rope or thread to be spooled and resold as recycled filament. This requires large amounts of space for unsorted, sorted, and reprocessed plastics. You would need a fleet of transport vehicles, the shredders and bins, the heaters and hardware to thread the filament.
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May 5 2015
4:14 PM
Most polystyrene products are currently not recycled due to the lack of incentive to invest in the compactors and logistical systems required. This is a particular resin (resin ID 6) that could cause a build up as it is not able to be processed as a filament, however it can be shipped off to Rastra manufacturing plants at a cost to the recycling company.