Faculty Advisor

Schaufeld, Jerome

Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.

Faculty Advisor

Kmiotek, Stephen J.

Abstract

Estimates show that the United States recycles less than 10% of plastic waste. In an effort to improve this situation, the group developed and tested a prototype to recycle expanded polystyrene - a form of plastic that has exorbitant shipping costs due to its high volume-to- weight ratio. Our prototype design reduces shipping costs by two orders of magnitude, enabling small municipalities to recycle with minimal investment. Cost estimates for a local compaction facility and transport to a state-wide recycling facility are less than the current land-fill expenses for small municipalities.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-05-14

Major

Chemical Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Business

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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