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Thermocol to Adhesive: Re-Use Thermocol To Make Glue?Find Out How!

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The Beauty of Recycling:

Plastic waste causes serious health and ecological problems like breeding places for mosquito?s, being eaten by cattle and wild animals to endanger their lives, where it lays it stop vegetation from growing, create obstructs in drain and piping, etc.

Thermocol is a type of polystyrene used for packaging. After use it is thrown away as ?waste plastic??

Cost effective ways of recycling everyday items and turning them useful products has been a major development in the industry today Recycling thermocol to prepare a strong adhesive that can even stick two bricks, plywood or metals together is gaining popular interest. Let us have a peep into this process

Effect on Human Health

The burning of polystyrene polymers such as foam cups, meat trays, egg containers, yogurt and deli containers releases styrene. Styrene gas can readily be absorbed through the skin and lungs, At high levels styrene vapour can damage the eyes and mucous membranes,

It can increase the risk of heart disease; aggravate respiratory ailments such as asthma and emphysema, and cause rashes, nausea or headaches, damages in the nervous system, kidney or liver, in the development system.

Conversion of waste thermocol and petrol to adhesive

  • Take 50 ml of petrol or selected solvent using a burette in a clean and dry glass beaker,
  • Now take the thermocol which has been cut into small pieces and add slowly to petrol or solvent in the beaker,
  • Stir continuously and keep on adding thermocol into the beaker,
  • After a while no more thermocol dissolves in the petrol or solvent,
  • Stop adding thermocol and allow it to stand for a few minutes.
  • The beaker containing petrol or solvent now has a thick and coagulated mass in it. This is the resultant adhesive.

Advantages of conversion

Petrol and toluene is able to give good quality of adhesive than that of other solvents. It is simple and required only beaker, glass rod and balance. Hence this technique is economical.

Again in this no additive, catalyst or any intermediate substance are used, during processing no any gaseous or residual product is formed. Hence this technique is eco-friendly.

Dealing with plastic waste is difficult because plastic are light weight and occupy more volume (i.e. Low density material). Hence this technique is somewhat efficient.

It is observed that petrol and toluene able to form good quality of adhesive. Thus, it is conclude that conversion of waste thermocol to adhesive is an economical, eco-friendlyand efficient technique.


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