Recovery of Plastics from Durable Goods


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Dinner Lecture
Wednesday, April 9
Michael's at Shoreline, Mountain View

"Recovery of Plastics from Durable Goods"


Plastic from durable goods such as automobiles, appliances and computers often ends up in landfills or is burned after most of the metal is recovered. The successful recovery of this plastic could significantly reduce the need for additional landfill space and would result in significant reductions in energy use and CO2 emissions compared with the manufacture of virgin plastics from petroleum. In addition to the environmental benefits, recycling plastics from postconsumer durable goods is an attractive business opportunity because the cost of recovering plastics from a mixed stream of durable goods does not include the high capital and energy costs associated with making virgin plastics (i.e., petroleum recovery and refining, monomer chemistry and polymerization). In addition, the cost of recycling plastics should remain relatively stable since it is not directly tied to the market price of crude oil. These factors should enable the growth of an economical and sustainable industry, much like the evolution of the metals recycling industry. In order to make the business work, however, it is important to find and develop sources of plastics, separation technologies to recover targeted plastics, and markets for the recovered products. Environmental regulations, mechanical recycling advances, and changing perceptions of the quality of recycled plastic have all helped to promote the growth of this industry over the past ten years.

MBA Polymers, a recognized world leader in the supply of plastic resin recovered from postconsumer durable goods, has worked with a number of metal recyclers, equipment manufacturers, and others to find and develop sources of plastics that are suitable for mechanical recycling. Using patented and proprietary separation processes, we have been able to recover high purity plastics from mixed postconsumer durable goods streams. These products include UL recognized ABS, HIPS and PP that can be used by manufacturers of electronics equipment and appliances around the world. A broad range of parts made from our products demonstrates the viability of using recycled plastic in new durable good applications. MBA Polymers has recovered over 3 million kilograms of plastic destined for landfill or incineration over the past several years. This has resulted in an energy savings of nearly 300 million MJ and a 6 to 9 million kilogram reduction in CO2 emissions. These values will continue to grow as our business develops further in the U. S., Europe, and Asia.

Speaker Background

Brian Riise received a B.S. in chemical engineering from U.C. Davis and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from U.C. Santa Barbara. Brian has worked in R&D at MBA Polymers ( since 1998. During that time, he has helped develop a number of plastic products recovered from streams of mixed plastics and has contributed to the development of a number of separation processes.



DATE: Wednesday, April 9

Location: Michael's at Shoreline Park, Mountain View

Timing: 6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture

Cost: $30
half price students, retired, unemployed
free for just the lecture at 8PM
(but please let us know for headcount)

Deadline for registration:
Noon on Monday, April 7

Please register on the web site

Or, contact
Clayton Henderson

You should receive confirmation of your registration; if not, please contact us again.


Dinner choices:
vegetarian Napoleon
grilled salmon
chicken portabella

Note that we must request that you be liable for your registration fee if you register and do not attend; cancellation is allowed up to the registration deadline.


From 101 in Mountain View, take the Shoreline Boulevard
Exit, turning toward the bay. Drive past the Shoreline Amphitheater and go straight ahead, entering into Shoreline Park. After a mile or so inside the park, a sign for Michael's will direct you to turn left into the parking lot for Michael's.
Address: 2960 N Shoreline Blvd.
Restaurant phone: 650-962-1014
(do not call restaurant for reservations)



May 14, location tbd
A PARC speaker will present on inkjet-style
processing of polymeric materials for electronics.

June 23, Mountain View
"Research, Industrial Affiliation, and Educational
Programs at the Center for Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA) an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center"
Curt Frank, Stanford University, Director
Charles Wade, IBM Almaden Research Center, Co-Director


OTHER EVENTS of possible interest to the
GGPF audience:

MARCH 2003

March 10-14, San Jose
High Density Interconnect EXPO 2003,

March 11-13, San Jose
SEMI-THERM annual meeting (on thermal management
issues in electronic systems and components) (click on SemiTherm 19)

March 12, Sunnyvale
Joint ASM-SAMPE dinner lecture
"Carbon Nanotube-based Nanotechnology"
Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames Research Center

March 13, Oakland
Golden Gate Section, American Society for Nondestructive Testing Linda Beene, head of Nondstructive Testing Dept. at Aerojet will speak on NDT of large aerospace composite structures

March 17, Santa Clara
NanoScience Exchange meeting
"Nanowires - Present and Future of this Fundamental Technology" with speakers from NASA, UC Berkeley, and Quantum Polymer.

March 18, Berkeley
AIChE-sponsored panel discussion on fuel cells

March 18-19, Pleasanton
GE Plastics free workshop on plastics product development (emphasis on injection molding) for more information contact
Dharmendra Vahalia
to register, see

March 19, Stanford Hospital & Medical School
Santa Clara Valley Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society meeting "Optical measurements of biological tissue: From Bench to Bedside" Mohamed Elmandjra, CEO of Photonify

March 20, Albany
Northern California Society of Microscopy
talks on "Biodegradable Plastics and Packaging"
by Mara Guttman and Artur Klamczynski (USDA), and on
the "Glassy Winged Sharpshooter" by Carol Lauzon (Cal State Hayward)
contact: Michael Dunlap,

March 25, Menlo Park
Nano-SIG event: NanoTechnology Symposium 2003

March 26, Sunnyvale
IEEE CPMT Short Course
Thermal Design and Modeling of IC Packages

March 31,
NATEA / SIG MEMS-Nanotech & SIG BioTech dinner meeting "Applications of Semiconductor Technology and MEMS in BioTechnology" Dr. Amit Kumar, President & CEO of CombiMatrix Corporation

APRIL 2003

April 2, Berkeley
ACS California Section dinner lecture
"Monumental Macromolecular Sculpture:
Enzymes on a Grand Scale", Bryon Rubin

April 6-9, San Francisco
"Additives 2003 - Bringing New Value to Plastics"
(includes a workshop on nanocomposites)

April 15-16, San Mateo
Strategies in Optoelectronics Manufacturing Conference

April 21-25, San Francisco
Materials Research Society spring meeting

April 25, Pleasanton
SPE Golden Gate Section annual TechFair
Seminars, Injection Molding Workshop, etc.

April 28-30, San Francisco
ACS Rubber Division annual meeting

April 29, South San Francisco
AIChE NorCal Symposium
Emerging Trends in Biotechnology

MAY 2003

May 15, Sunnyvale
One-day symposium
“MEMS and Advanced Packaging Technologies:
Synergies and Convergence”

May 20, Sunnyvale
ESDiscovery 2003
(Local ESD society-sponsored day of tutorials etc.)

May 21
AVS Thin Films User Group (TFUG) meeting
"Organic Polymer Devices and New Materials" click on TFUG

May 21,Belmont
ASMI-sponsored tour of 4th State
(the plasma coating & surface treatment company)

JUNE 2003

June 15 - 17, San Jose
5th Annual BIOMEMS 2003 - Analytical Devices and Applications

June 29 - July 2, San Francisco
PREP-2003 -- 16th International Symposium, Exhibit and Workshops on Preparative/Process Chromatography, Ion Exchange, Adsorption/Desorption Processes & Related Separation Techniques


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