The Universal Selection Source: Plastics & Elastomers


Reducing the Water Footprint of Plastics Industry - Best Available Techniques

SpecialChem / Jul 12, 2010

Though the water footprint (defined as the volume of water abstracted from local sources minus the volume released in the same place after treatment making fresh water available for re-use) of plastics is not so alarming yet, it must be improved to preserve the future and must be compared to those of replaced materials. This can be tackled by adopting 'Best Available Techniques' and applying them at the ground level.

The water consumption for 1 tonne of a product highly depends on the raw material type, the end part, the used processes and the recycling technology. Data varies from 1 m3 to hundreds and even some thousands depending on the source and the parameters taken into account. The main ways of progression are reduction in consumption thanks to new techniques, closed loop processes reducing water consumption near zero, the use of raw water in place of tap water, cheaper and more efficient waste water treatments, and recycling.

Some good practical examples that have been successfully used include 'waste water treatment in polymer manufacturing plants' and 'reducing water consumption and recycling waste water'.

Be the first to comment on "Reducing the Water Footprint of Plastics Industry - Best Available Techniques"

Leave a comment

Your email address and name will not be published submitting a comment or rating implies your acceptance to SpecialChem Terms & Conditions

Online Course

14 Days left to register

Thursday Dec 10 2015

By Don Rosato

With hundreds of patented innovations in 2015 (based on low cost, lightweight, high performance materials...) no doubt it's really difficult to identify what's changed, how it opens opportunities for you & where is the true potential... Clarify easily with us!

118 Read More
Channel Alerts

Receive weekly digests on hot topics

Receive your alerts

Back to Top