An overview of the silicone recycling process

With global annual production of silicone expected to grow to 2.9 million tons by 2025, it is increasingly important to have an environmentally-friendly end-of-life option for silicone products. The current solution for discarding silicone scrap is to either landfill or incinerate it. Both of these are detrimental choices for the environment.

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Recycled polypropylene modified with hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers for automotive applications

Polypropylene (PP) is one of the most widely used polyolefins owing to its low density, low cost, high softening temperature and easy processing. PP is used in the form of molded pieces, sheets, films and fibers in medical, cosmetic and electronic applications. In the automotive industry, it represents 9% of the market, and is used in dashboards, door panels, bumpers and grilles. PP based composites are increasingly becoming preferred materials in automotive applications, and in particular for both exterior and interior parts. In the automotive industry, PP based composites are generally used for the manufacture of bumpers.

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Silicone rubber recycling plant completes phase one

The first silicone rubber recycling plant in the U.S. has completed phase one of development. Started in 2018, ECO USA’s pilot facility has undergone tremendous growth. It can currently recycle approximately 500 metric tons of silicone monthly, with plans for reaching 1,000 metric tons in the near future. The success comes at a pivotal moment when a surge of silicone waste is being observed as a result of the increase of silicone usage in product manufacturing

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