Textile fibres represent about 10% by weight of the end-of-life tires (ELT) and every year, in Europe, about 320,000 tons of fibres material must be disposed as a special waste. This management system has a negative impact on the environment, in terms of GHG emissions and pollution, economic losses and public costs. In order to give a second life to this material, TECNOFILM - in partnership with a team of Universities and companies - has developed plastic compounds with the use of textile fibres. This innovation has been also financed by the European Union through the project REFIBRE LIFE (LIFE14ENV/IT/000160).
REFIBRE action aims to overcome the main existing barriers limiting ELT fibre recycling, like the absence of useful and economically affordable applications for fibre reuse that makes it worthy of recycling.
The ultimate goal of this project is a full valorisation of textile fibres from ELTs and their transformation into a useful secondary raw material according to a “circular economy” thinking.
Keywords: Fibers – Polypropylene – Recycling – Compounds - Impact
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