Recycling of EPDM Rubber Waste Powder by Activation with liquid Polymers

Nowadays recycling of waste rubbers is an important research topic for many industries with major implications in environmental protection and economy. According to an estimate study made in Germany in 2006 by the “Fraunhofer Institute” for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT), the waste rubber amount is on the order of about 125,000 t/year [1] approximately 14 % of total used raw material. In some cases, this percentage can reach values of about up to 50 % from the raw material, depending on the production process.

Recycling or reclaiming processes are very difficult and not completely understood until now, due to the irreversible three-dimensional cross linking of rubbers.

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