How to Melt Household Plastic Bottles HDPE into Construction Bricks DIY Project is just a recycling, re-purposing and re-using project that cuts out the middle person. You can recycle your plastic bottles yourself if you follow the safety guidelines and rules.
With a high strength-to-density ratio, HDPE is used in the production of plastic bottles, corrosion-resistant piping, geomembranes, and plastic lumber. HDPE is commonly recycled and has the number “2” as its resin identification code.
Get the following things: HDPE (high-density polyethylene) bottles and jugs, scrap wood, clamps, baking paper, pan, and scissors. You have to melt the plastic into a block and the scrap wood, when forming a perfect rectangle size, can allow you to pour your melted plastic. Next, cut the HDPE bottles. This material is used to make plastic bottles and effective pipes. Remove the labels first from them and cut the bottle into small pieces with your scissors and make sure they are heavy duty ones. Start at the neck, then the base before going to the rest of the body.
Materials and Tools:
– HDPE bottles and jugs (Liquid Laundry soap bottles, Kitty Litter Jugs, Plastic Coffee Containers, Plastic Soda Pop Caps, Plastic Pickle Jars, Plastic Olive Oil Bottles, Shampoo, Conditioner, and Bodywash Plastic Bottles and Milk Jugs
– scrap wood (for the mold)
– baking paper
– high-temperature resistant gloves
– scissors/utility knife
Next, melt the plastic bottle pieces at 180°C. Preheat the oven, put a piece of baking paper onto a pan and put the pieces in it. Check every 10 minutes to see how the plastic is cooking. If you use different colored pieces, the plastic will melt into one pile giving various colors, also called the marble effect. Touch the plastic carefully to see if it is sticky, while wearing heat-resistant gloves, fold and twist the plastic. Wait another 10 minutes and take it out and put it in the mold. Use the clamps to shut it the mold tightly to let the plastic cool and not seep through the mold. It will take a couple of hours to fully cool off for a fully complete HDPE brick.
These plastic blocks can be used for various DIY projects and even be used for decorations in your garden area.
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