The Use of Recycled Solid Automotive Paint Wastes as Ingredients in Automotive Sealant Products

EPA Contract Number: 68D50126
Title: The Use of Recycled Solid Automotive Paint Wastes as Ingredients in Automotive Sealant Products
Investigators: Gerace, Michael J.
Small Business: Aster Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: II
Project Period: September 1, 1995 through September 1, 1996
Project Amount: $216,882
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1995) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , SBIR - Waste , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Description:

About 75,000,000 lbs of paint sludge is generated by the U.S. automotive industry each year. This type of waste and (similar streams from other industries) make significant contributions to landfills. The solution proposed by ASTER, Inc., proven feasible during the Phase I of this work, is to recycle the paint sludge into ingredients for automotive sealants. This new approach results in waste generated in the car manufacturing process going back into the production of cars. ASTER's method is to utilize waste from paint sludge and to compound these materials into a sealant that has been demonstrated to meet current auto makers specifications for printable sealants. ASTER has already developed recycling technology and a sealant formulation prototype containing 50% of recycled paint waste solids. The development proposed for Phase II will bring the recycling technology into initial commercial application for both paint waste and sealant industries, and establish the basis for full commercial expansion through the development of similar industrial waste streams.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, engineering, chemistry., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, Sustainable Industry/Business, Chemical Engineering, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Hazardous Waste, Chemistry and Materials Science, Hazardous, Environmental Engineering, automotive paint waste, hazardous liquid waste, automotive supply chain, automotive paint sludge, hazardous waste recycling, industrial waste, paint sludge, chemical use efficiency, cleaner production, environmentally conscious manufacturing, waste minimization, waste reduction, recycled waste products, clean technology, automotive sealant, recycled paint waste, hazardous sludge, recycling, automobile manufacturing, paint waste, car manufacturing, automotive sealants


SBIR Phase I:

The Use of Recycled Solid Automotive Paint Wastes as Ingredients in Automotive Sealant Products