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ABMACO and IPT Begin Composites Recycling

04 February 2010

The Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) and the Institute for Technological Research (IPT) have entered into an agreement to establish ABMACO’s National Recycling Program. The project aims to develop tools to ensure the reuse of composites waste in the production process.

ABMACO’s estimates, the Brazilian composites sector generates approximately 18,000 tons of waste every year, representing an expenditure of US$ 66 million with the disposal at Class 2 landfills.

Funding for the scheme comes from contributions made a group of 18 companies: Ashland, Comil, Composites Brasil, Cray Valley, Edra Equipamentos, Elekeiroz, Fiacbras, Marcopolo, Morquímica, MVC, Novapol, Owens Corning, Piatex, Poliresinas, Redelease, Reichhold, Royal Polímeros and Tecnofibras.

With support from ABMACO’s technical team, IPT will classify the particles that comprise the composites waste, then to indicate the best way to reuse them.

This research will be divided into two stages. The first one, focused on the reuse of waste in the production process, includes crushing and grinding studies, followed by researches on the inactivity of peroxides (responsible for composites polymerization). The second stage is dedicated to the exploratory analysis of new ways to use waste, by the selection of material and evaluation of their properties.

After the research is complete, the solutions developed will be shared amongst the companies involved in the program.

The estimated time of completion for the program is 20 months.