Recycling and Re-use of Waste Rubber

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May 23 2019 - £525.00

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Course duration: 2 days

Shawbury Shropshire, UK


The environmental and regulatory need to increase recycling rates is a principal driving force behind technological innovation in the 21st Century and waste rubber is one of the important resources targeted to achieve improvements in sustainability.

This comprehensive course covers all aspects of rubber recycling from its world market and the regulations affecting it, to the many novel technologies and processes that have been developed to re-use the material to manufacture high quality commercial products.

The course will provide an informative and broad overview of the complete subject and will equip delegates with the knowledge and understanding to make the most of the opportunities which exist in this area.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a broad overview of all aspects of rubber recycling and the many options which are available for the re-use of waste rubber to produce a wide range of commercial products.
  • Obtain an insight into the economic viability of rubber recycling and the factors that will influence its future growth and development.
  • Gain an understanding of the different technologies available for the devulcanisation of waste rubber and their respective strengths and weaknesses.
  • Understand how to assess the quality of devulcanised rubber, its processibility and the properties of the products that are manufactured from it.
  • Understand the methods available for the production and characterisation of rubber crumb and the crucial role that it plays in recycling rubber.

Course Content

  • History of Rubber Recycling - An overview of the history of rubber recycling and the regulatory framework within which it now operates
  • Market Overview – Introduction to the market and statistics for rubber products and the potential economic benefits of re-using waste rubber
  • Rubber Crumb – An overview of the methods for its production from waste rubber and the different commercial forms that are available. Its role as the starting material for many recycling activities.
  • Properties of Rubber Crumb - Its properties and the chemical and physical methods that are used to characterise it and the protocols that have been established to safeguard its quality.
  • Uses of Rubber Crumb – Description of how rubber crumb is used to manufacture a wide range of products, such as those used in the construction industry, the sports sector and new plastic and rubber products.
  • Devulcanisation of Waste Rubber – Critical technical review of the many methods that have been developed to devulcanise waste rubber and an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Properties of Devulcanised Rubber - The chemical and physical methods used to characterise the properties of devulcanised rubber, its processibility and the products that are manufactured from it.
  • Uses of Devulcanised Rubber - How devulcanised rubber can be used to produce new rubber products and used as an additive in the manufacture of other products, e.g. plastics
  • Other Recycling Methods - The range of other methods and techniques that can be used to recycle waste rubber, including pyrolysis, incineration, depolymerisation, and the recovery of carbon black and inorganic materials.
  • Other forms and uses of recycled rubber – Includes the manufacture of reclaimed rubber and the use of tyre-derived materials, such as whole tyres and rubber shred for civil engineering projects.

Who Will Benefit?

This course will benefit anyone in industry or academia requiring an overview of rubber recycling, up-to-date information on its technical developments and knowledge of the many options that exist for its re-use.

Presenter Information

This course is presented by:

Dr Martin Forrest – Principal Consultant, Smithers Rapra

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