Fab Lab Introduces Equipment to Recycle Plastic
INSTEAD of throwing away plastics, which take a thousand years to decompose in landfills, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through FabLab UP Cebu, is introducing many innovative ways to upcycle them into useful and beautiful things. Four plastic recycling machines were unveiled last Wednesday by the Fablab UP-Cebu. It showcased a plastic shredder, which converts plastic items into flakes, while the other three machines convert the flakes into objects using different techniques. The extrusion machine makes plastic filament, while the injection machine and the compression machines can use molds to create objects. DTI Cebu Director Ma. Elena Arbon said the equipment was the output of a Precious Plastic Cebu Makeathon launched at the FabLab last December attended by designers, and engineers.