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'[OT] Recycling PIC plastic tubes'
1999\06\02@212447 by Jim Robertson

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Pardon me if this is the weirdest, most bizarre question you have
even seem on the piclist but does anyone know what sort of
plastic the antistatic tubes our PICs come in is? Can this be
recycled along with the plastic PET bottles etc?  I have a stack of
'em here and it is really time to dispose of them one way or another.

I just don't want them to end up as land fill if there is a better
way. Any suggestions?

Jim
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1999\06\02@223859 by Des Bromilow

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Can you describe these tubes for me?
If they have a circular crossection, then I would look at reuse. (I am always chasing round tubes for use in my rockets)
I would hazard a guess that most kindergartens would love to get them for the kids to make something out of.

Des Bromilow

>>> Jim Robertson <.....newfoundKILLspamspam@spam@PIPELINE.COM.AU> 6/3/99 11:30:37 am >>>
Pardon me if this is the weirdest, most bizarre question you have
even seem on the piclist but does anyone know what sort of
plastic the antistatic tubes our PICs come in is? Can this be
recycled along with the plastic PET bottles etc?  I have a stack of
'em here and it is really time to dispose of them one way or another.

I just don't want them to end up as land fill if there is a better
way. Any suggestions?

Jim
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1999\06\02@235046 by Dennis Plunkett

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>>>> Jim Robertson <.....newfoundKILLspamspam.....PIPELINE.COM.AU> 6/3/99 11:30:37 am >>>
>Pardon me if this is the weirdest, most bizarre question you have
>even seem on the piclist but does anyone know what sort of
>plastic the antistatic tubes our PICs come in is? Can this be
>recycled along with the plastic PET bottles etc?  I have a stack of
>'em here and it is really time to dispose of them one way or another.
>
>I just don't want them to end up as land fill if there is a better
>way. Any suggestions?
>


Plant them in the garden and grow your own anti-static trees :)

Dennis

1999\06\03@084539 by Barry King

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Jim,

Its a good thought.

All kidding aside, the most reasonable thing to do is re-use them.
Is there a electronics distributor near you that might be able to use
them?  I would also try contacting 3M (the likely manufacturer of the
tubes), or MicroChip to see if they will re-use them.  A couple of
e-mails and a lot of patience might get you a reasonable answer.

I suspect that they are cheap enough that no one cares.  Maybe that's
the definition of an environmentalist- that we care anyway...

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1999\06\03@111442 by Wagner Lipnharski

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Yes, I think about environment also, but those tubes are just a piece of
pvc that decompose in few years, faster under sun's u.v.  Believe me, it
would cost much more to recycle it than just discard it.  Think about
polyethilene (p.e.t.) soft drink bottles, it would take a lot of money
to recycle it, wash, clean, label and glue removal, sterilize, to use
again as soft drink carrier, instead, it is much easier to munch it to
little pellets and use it as source of plastic to produce toys and other
simple objects.  Today's industry electronic or not, generate lots of
waste material that we always look at and think about some use, but
unfortunately trying to overdo it is always a waste of our most previous
thing, "time".  Recycling companies are doing bunches of money from
garbage, doesn't matter the country status or financial situation, it
works all over the world.  Recycling polypropilene milk bottles is
extreme profitable, the material is top quality and first used, clean
and volume at easy. In a 1 Million people city more than 100 thousand
empty milk gallons are discarded daily...

Wagner

Barry King wrote:
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1999\06\03@112252 by Harrison Cooper

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I inquired to our manufacturing, and they said that allot get reused
internal, and some get tossed.  Of course, we seem to toss allot of
parts...boards....assemblies..

Have to agree, that the cost of recycling might not benefit the rewards.
There is a mix of clear and black plastics usually, and to recycle I think
(no flames) they need to be the same color, material type, etc.

1999\06\04@160343 by Snail Instruments

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I doubt anyone will reuse them in production. But to give you a little info
- on some tubes from Harris ICs I found the recycling triangle and number 3
(polypropylene?). I believe other IC tubes use the same material and can be
recycled in plastic industry. So you may throw them into the bin with
number 3 at your nearest recycling center.

Regards

Josef


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1999\06\07@072844 by Benjamin Petersen

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Well, here in Denmark we recycle 99% of all Soft drink and beer carriers,
and all in all it stress the enviroment less than the methode you talk
about. So it can be done. And CAN's like in the US and many others, is not
an option.(Atleast not yet. But i am sure that EU will change that, damn...)
Each bottle is used about 30 times...

Regards
Benjamin Petersen


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