Thermoplastics are very recyclable. However, recycling rates for some plastics remain relatively low for a variety of reasons. One of the most important reasons is that, historically, plastics recycling education has been very limited.
The Plastics Recycling and Compounding Laboratory at UMass Lowell is dedicated to education and research related to plastics recycling. Over the years, students and faculty of the Department of Plastics Engineering have developed a number of products that are made from waste plastic or rubber. In fact, more than 50 plastics engineering graduate students have done their thesis research in the area of plastics recycling.