Utilization of Scrap Prepreg Wastes as a Reinforcement in a Wholly Recycled PlasticEPA Contract Number: 68D40066
Title: Utilization of Scrap Prepreg Wastes as a Reinforcement in a Wholly Recycled Plastic
Investigators: Blizard, Kent G.
Small Business: Foster-Miller Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 1994 through March 1, 1996
Project Amount: $164,668
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1994) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , SBIR - Waste , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Description:Foster-Miller is proposing to combine Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) commingled plastics with a high performance reinforcement (scrap prepreg) to form a durable and cost competitive wood substitute with superior moisture, rodent and insect resistance. This proposed technology also provides a wealth of environmentally related benefits including:
- reduced disposal of hazardous wastes,
- reduced landfill requirements for plastic waste disposal,
- reduced need for consuming environmental plant life (trees),
- reduced use of toxic products such as pressure treated wood, and
- source reduction via increased product life.
- review and select improved compatibilizers,
- develop improved processes for extruding longer length fibers,
- identify and use improved coupling agents,
- produce and test reinforced plastic profiles,
- perform an economic assessment of the technology, and
- transition the technology into the commercial sector.