By Composites Fiberglass International/ Feb 2, 2023

Recycling and Disposal of Composite Materials

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Learn how Composites Fibreglass International is working towards a sustainable future through recycling and disposing of composite materials.

Composite materials have become increasingly popular in various industries due to their strength, durability, and lightweight properties. However, their disposal and recycling have been a subject of concern in recent times. As a leading composite materials supplier in Australia, at Composites Fibreglass International, we understand the importance of sustainability and aim to educate our clients on the responsible disposal and recycling of composite materials.


What are Composite Materials Made From?

Composite materials are made of a combination of resins and reinforcing fibres. This combination gives composite materials their unique properties, making them ideal for various applications in different industries. However, these materials pose a challenge when it comes to disposal and recycling. Unlike other traditional materials, composites are difficult to recycle as the fibres and resins cannot be separated easily.


Composites Recycling

Recent years have seen improvements made in composites recycling. There are now more options for the disposal and recycling of composite materials because to the development of new techniques including mechanical, thermal, and chemical recycling.

The process of mechanical recycling entails cutting the composite material into smaller pieces and powdering it. Then, new composite materials can use this powder as filler. In thermal recycling, the composite material is heated to a high temperature, the resin is broken down, and the reinforcing fibres are recovered. New composite materials can then be created using the recovered fibres. Chemical recycling includes disassembling the composite material’s resin component into its individual chemicals. New resins can then be created using these compounds.

It’s crucial to keep in mind that not all composite materials can be recycled using this process. The ability of composite materials to be recycled can be influenced by the kind of resin used, the kind of reinforcing fibres employed, and the production process. Based on the type of composite material, it is also crucial to choose the right recycling technique.


CFI Values Sustainability

At Composites Fibreglass International, we are committed to sustainability and encourage our clients to consider the recycling of composite materials in their end-of-life management strategies. We provide our clients with information on the appropriate methods of recycling for the products we supply and can also assist with the arrangement of recycling services.

In conclusion, while choosing composite materials for usage in diverse industries, recycling and disposal are crucial factors to take into account. The proper disposal and recycling of composite materials now has more options because to improvements in recycling technology. We at Composites Fibreglass International are committed to offering our customers environmentally friendly options and encouraging the responsible usage of composite materials.

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