There are new chemical recycling methods that could rescue materials destined to end up in landfills. In addition, advanced materials have been developed with up to 30% epoxy resin with recycled fibers.
The Re-composite project has led to the development of a recycling method based on solvolysis, which allows the depolymerization of anhydride and amino epoxy resins. The same method is based on subjecting the fiber-reinforced polymers to high pressures and temperatures in the presence of a suitable solvent. Two independent by-products are thus obtained: the depolymerized resin and the recycled fibers.
The use of epoxy resin to coat elements such as tables and floors helps preserve them and reduces waste. Therefore, the recycling of elements using resin is a current trend in the market that contributes to sustainability and waste reduction.
What types of resin can be recycled
Not all types of resin are recyclable. The types of resin that can be recycled are:
Some types of epoxy resin that use Recyclamine as a hardener can be recycled. However, conventional epoxy resin cannot be recycled due to its permanent cross-linked structure.
How can epoxy resin be recycled at home?
Recycling epoxy resin at home can be difficult due to its permanent cross-linked structure however, there are some ways to reuse wasted epoxy resin.
Here are some ideas for reusing epoxy resin in the home:
Coating objects: it can be used to coat objects such as tables, floors and countertops, which helps preserve them and reduces waste.
Creating jewelry: can be used to create unique and eye-catching jewelry, such as necklaces, bracelets and rings.
Creating decorative objects: can be used to create decorative objects, such as bowls, trays and vases.
Creating art: can be used to create abstract and other types of art.
What precautions should I take when recycling epoxy resin at home?
Recycling epoxy resin at home can be dangerous due to its toxicity and impact on the environment. However, if you decide to recycle it, it is important to take precautions to protect your health and the environment. Here are some safety measures to consider:
Personal protection: Wear gloves, safety glasses and a suitable respirator when handling resin to avoid direct contact with skin, eyes and inhalation of vapors.
Adequate ventilation: Work in a well-ventilated area or wear a respirator with an organic vapor filter to avoid inhalation of toxic fumes.
Safe Storage: Keep epoxy resin in its original container and store in a cool, dry place out of reach of children and pets.
Proper tool cleaning: Clean tools and mixing containers with alcohol or acetone while the resin is still wet to facilitate cleanup.
Avoid pouring cleaning waste down the drain, as it can contaminate the water.
Proper disposal: If you cannot recycle the epoxy resin in your area, take it to a local recycling or hazardous waste management center for proper disposal.