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Recycling Materials

Materials recycling has become popular not only to save the environment, but it has also become big business. Recyclable materials include: fibers, plastics, glass (a type of ceramic), and metals. Paper (a fiber made from a cellulose composite) recycling is probably the most widely known and common type of recycling. This module introduces concepts of material processing (called pulping) used in recycling paper to create pulp out of post-consumer paper products. The hands-on activity takes the student through the full pulping process from selecting and collecting the material to the ultimate transformation into a new product. Recycled pulp and fiber products can be found everywhere today. It’s important for materials technologists to understand the processes involved and the mechanics responsible for the transformation (recyclability) of the material.
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Publication Date 2016
Developer National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEdU)
Student Level High School
Activities Demonstration, lab
Topic Pre- and post- consumer recyclables, recycling, reuse, material treatment
Format Lecture, Demo, Lab
MatEdU Core Competencies 0B – Prepare Tests and Analyze Data
6A – Apply basic concepts of mechanics
7J, J2 – Describe how the grain structure of material can affect properties
8A – Demonstrate the planning and execution of materials experiments
8C, c3 – Describe the effects of processing on the microstructure of materials
Instruction Time 60 minutes in class time for material processing, 2 days for soaking and 3 days for material curing.
Supplies and Equipment Equipment and Supplies Needed
 Examples of recycled products
Per person/team:
 Newspaper
 3 – 5 gal Bucket
 Screened frame, 6” x 6” minimum
 Unframed screen (same size as screen frame)
 Pan, must be larger than the screened frame and deep enough to submerge
the screen
 Water (use water from soaking, must be about 75ΊC) about 18 oz of water is
needed for a 12” screen
 Blender
 Digital scale, tabletop type such as a kitchen/food scale
 Sponge
 Paper towels or other absorbent material to lay sample on to dry
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Original Reviewer Dr. Tom Stoebe
Date Of Record Creation 2017-04-25 17:17:31
Date Of Record Release 2017-04-25 17:17:31
Date Last Modified 2017-04-25 17:17:31

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