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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?

I've started stacking up quite a few empty spools now and am looking to get rid of them but can't see anything on them about recycling, or on the boxes for that matter. If anyone could advise me that would be great. 

 

If they can't be, then I ask ultimaker to really consider this as its a lot of plastic waste, its a real shame if I have to throwaway every single one.

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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?

I do agree with you. 

Some spools do have markin on them about what plastic they are... Old blak Ultimaker spools are made in PS and transparent colorfabb spools are made in PC. But on the new UM spools I can't find any marking of wich material they are made of...

And I guess you are refering to these new spools...

 

One way to recycle them is to use them as a spool organizer. I use this design (Not sure if it is compatible with the new Ultimaker spools):

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/spool-organizer-4-23

But once you've done some of them you don't need more...

 

So I am more and more looking to get to a masterspool system:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2769823

But for this there are pretty few filaments avaiable, and UM material with the NFC tag would be a little bit more complicated tu use on this. (I use old UMO so NFC is not a subject for my use)

 

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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?
5 hours ago, Curven said:

So I am more and more looking to get to a masterspool system:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2769823

But for this there are pretty few filaments avaiable, and UM material with the NFC tag would be a little bit more complicated tu use on this. (I use old UMO so NFC is not a subject for my use)

 

 

I would also really like to see a master spool system.

I know of some off-brand systems for 1.75mm but none for 2.85mm 😕


I don't think the NFC chip will be a problem. the NFC is just the little cardboard ring at the back it should bee pretty easy to place your self on a master spool system. 

 

I know there might be som issues with the windings. but again a fragile frame just to keep it in place until the master spool is installed should also be posable to make. it would still keep the wast down to a minimum.

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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?

Add North has a program were you can return empty spools and scrapped material.

They even pay the shipping cost.

You get a discount based on how much you return.

 

They only accept PLA and their own brand as return but it's a good thing.

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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?
15 hours ago, AndersK said:

Add North has a program were you can return empty spools and scrapped material.

They even pay the shipping cost.

You get a discount based on how much you return.

 

They only accept PLA and their own brand as return but it's a good thing.

 

I have just been looking a bit on the Add North, I like the idea of reuse filament and spools. and would like to try it out.

But I can't fine anywhere to buy the recycled Pla only Abs, or is that just me!

 

I'll like to try some of there standard Pla but to me it looks like its all bio-degradeable and im not so keen on that. 
Any one have some experience with there product line?

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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?

I pretty much only print with material from them.

The PLA I use is for visualisation models only but have made a bunch of prints from their PETG that is used in industrial environment mainly for material handling and is holding up great so far.

 

I dont think they have started selling recycled PLA yet, the ABS popped up on their site this summer.

 

All PLA is bio degradable at some extent as most of it is based on corn. Dont know if they have released PLA based on cellulose from our forrest industry yet, but thy are working on it.

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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?

Hej AndersK

 

Thanks for the feedback I'll try and order some spools🙂

 

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Posted · Can empty spools be recycled?

Something that just occured to me: if you are going to recycle spools by sending them back, it might cause way more harm than it solves.

 

You need to pack them into cardboard boxes, and stuff the box with thick shock-absorbing paper or cardboard. This requires cutting down trees to make cardboard. And it requires a lot of transport: if you are going to have DHL drive 20km to collect your packages, that comes with an environmental cost too.

 

The cleanest option is to re-use them at home, or for your neighbours. Apart from that, I think throwing them in the regular waste collection system (provided that you have one in your area), might be the most environmentally friendly. On the condition that it is burned cleanly, and its heat is re-used to produce electricity or warming for other purposes, and with good exhaust filters.

 

Apart from that: CO2 is not a poison gas, on the contrary: it is the most important life-gas on earth: it is food for plants, and it is the base of all life. No CO2 means no life. Today there is not enough CO2 in the atmosphere to make plants grow well: they need at least 3x more CO2, but preferably 10x more (that would still be only between 0.1 and 0.4%). This has been tested in scientific experiments. Today concentration is 0.03% and plants are in continuous "CO2-hunger": below 0.02% they all die. So, don't feel bad for producing CO2 and making plants grow. This is basic scientific knowledge, which I got in highschool (around age 15...18y). But of course the climate-kiddies today don't go to school, and they are too lazy (and too arrogant) to study and to inform themself. And the press is just a propaganda-channel of its owners, not a thruth-channel, so you won't read this in there. Also see my text, via the link a few posts above this one, for more info.

 

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