Recovering, processing and managing scrap material
ReUse s.r.l. recovers, processes and manages scrap material generated during rubber galvanisation processes and production scrap material in general.
Rubber is produced from natural and synthetic sources: natural rubber is obtained from a white, milky fluid known as latex, which is present in a variety of plants, whereas synthetic rubber is produced using unsaturated hydrocarbons.
Centuries before Columbus reached the Americas, the native South Americans were using rubber to manufacture a variety of water-resistant products. The Spanish tried in vain to copy such items (shoes, coats and cloaks), but it was not until the XVIII century that scientists and manufacturers in Europe began to make achieve commercial success using rubber. In 1823, the British chemist and inventor, Charles Macintosh, began producing waterproof fabric and clothing at his factory in Glasgow, giving birth to the raincoat that still bears his name today.
There are a number of benefits of recovering and recycling rubber. In particular:
- Recovered rubber may cost as little as half as much as natural or synthetic rubber;
- The quality of recovered rubber may even be superior to that of virgin rubber;
- Producing rubber from recovered material requires less energy than producing it from virgin rubber.
- It represents an excellent solution to disposing of unwanted rubber products (which is often quite difficult);
- It also represents an excellent system for conserving non-renewable petroleum products, which are used to manufacture synthetic products;
- Recovery activities may also generate employment opportunities.
There now exists an effective waste management hierarchy, according to which reuse, recycling and energy recovery – in that order – take precedence over waste disposal and management options.