||Securing Containerized Hazardous Wastes with Polyethylene Resin and Fiberglass Encapsulates.
Lubowitz, H. R. ;
Telles, R. W. ;
||Environmental Protection Polymers, Inc., Hawthorne, CA.;Municipal Environmental Research Lab., Cincinnati, OH.
||EPA-68-03-2483 ;EPA-68-03-2993; EPA/600-2-81-138;
Hazardous materials ;
Fiberglass reinforced plastics ;
Epoxy resins ;
Waste disposal ;
Performance evaluation ;
Earth fills ;
Tensile strength ;
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This study investigates the fabrication and use of polyethylene resin and fiberglass to encapsulate and secure containerized hazardous wastes. Laboratory-scale encapsulates of composite structure were made from powdered, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and epoxy-resin-wetted fiberglass. Methods are described for fabricating encapsulates with seamless polyethylene walls backed by fiberglass, and a demonstration is given of their high performance under severe leaching and mechanical stresses. The objective of the study was to develop a method for securing hazardous wastes held either in small, corroding containers or in large ones such as 55-gal drums. The drums would be encapsulated on an as-is basis (i.e., their contents would not be emptied). Encapsulation would make them safe to transport and to deposit within a final disposal site such as a landfill. This study is a companion to two other documents investigating the use of plastics for the encapsulation of corroding containers of hazardous wastes: Securing Containerized Hazardous Wastes with Welded Polyethylene Encapsulates (PB81-231292) and Securing Containerized Hazardous Wastes by Encapsulation with Spray-on/Brush-on Resins.