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Polymer Bulletin - Recycling of Rubbers

  • Published: September 2014
  • Smithers Information Ltd

This Polymer Bulletin is a current awareness service from the Polymer Library, the worlds largest database dedicated to polymer literature. Each time the abstracts database is updated with new records (approx. every two weeks) you will be sent a bulletin alerting you to any items that relate to recycling rubber.

The recycling of rubber has been a problem for some time, most noticeably in terms of vehicle tyres that seemingly cannot be easily re-processed, but nor can they be burned due to toxic emissions. However, due to the environmental implications of this situation a great deal of research is carried out in this field, whether it be finding alternative uses for recycled/reclaimed rubber, or methods of devulcanisation (depolymerisation) – processing the vulcanised rubber back to the non-polymerised monomer state so that it may be used again. In actual fact it turns out that recycling rubber has a great many advantages, as researched by the Intermediate Technology Development Group (www.itdg.org). These include the fact the recycled/reclaimed rubber can be as little as half the price of new natural or synthetic rubber, partly due to the lower levels of energy required READ MORE >

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