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by Lead Reclaim and Rubber | 04 Jan, 2024

Reclaim Rubbers: A Way Towards Sustainable Future

In an era where sustainability is not just a choice but a necessity, reclaim rubbers present a revolutionary shift towards a more resilient and eco-friendly future. Gone are the days when scrap tyres were environmental burdens. Instead, welcome a transformative approach where every discarded tyre is not an end but a new beginning towards sustainability. As we look into this article, let’s explore how reclaim rubbers are paving the way for a greener tomorrow.

Understanding Reclaim Rubber

Reclaim rubber is essentially a recycled rubber obtained from automotive and truck scrap tires. Through a process involving the treatment of these tires with heat, chemicals, and mechanical action, the rubber is broken down and reformed into a usable material. This eco-friendly alternative to virgin rubber is used in various applications, including automotive parts, tires, and mats, promoting a circular economy and sustainability.

Challenges in the Reclaim Rubber Industry:

  • Fluctuating Raw Material Costs: The cost of scrap rubber can vary, impacting the economic feasibility of reclaiming rubber.
  • Governmental Policies Impact: Regulations related to butyl elasticity and other industry aspects can significantly affect production and distribution.
  • Sensitivity to Toxins: During production, reclaim rubber can be sensitive to toxins, which can impact the quality and safety of the end product.
  • Susceptibility to Compounds: It’s vulnerable to aliphatic carbohydrates and aromatic hydrocarbons, which can affect the durability and quality of reclaim rubber​.

These challenges underscore the need for continuous innovation and adaptation in the reclaim rubber industry to maintain its growth momentum and capitalise on its potential as a sustainable material option.

Addressing Challenges: Shaping the Future of Rubber Recycling 

Reclaim rubber’s journey from scrap tyre to a versatile material involves a series of intricate steps, each contributing to its final quality and performance:

  • Collection and Sorting: Scrap tyres, the raw material for reclaim rubber, are collected and sorted. This step is critical, especially considering the fluctuating costs of these materials and the need to balance quality with availability.
  • Size Reduction: The tyres are then shredded into smaller pieces. This step is not just about reducing size but also about preparing the material for the complex de-vulcanization process, where innovation plays a key role in addressing challenges like sensitivity to toxins.
  • De-vulcanization: At this stage, the vulcanization process is reversed, making the rubber malleable again. Recent advancements, such as the use of disulfide bond-containing polysulfide rubber (PSR) through a thiol-ene reaction, have led to the development of self-healable and reprocessable reclaimed rubber. These innovations are crucial in overcoming the challenges of quality consistency in reclaimed rubber​
  • Refining: The de-vulcanized rubber undergoes further refining to remove impurities and ensure consistency. This step is vital in addressing the susceptibility of reclaim rubber to aliphatic carbohydrates and aromatic hydrocarbons, ensuring the final product maintains its integrity and quality.
  • Forming: Finally, the refined material is formed into sheets or other desired shapes. This process must be precise and controlled, as the mechanical properties of the reclaim rubber are essential, especially in light of the recent findings that increased PSR content can enhance conversion and crosslinking density but may decrease mechanical properties​

By understanding these complexities, the industry not only ensures the production of high-quality reclaim rubber but also contributes to the broader goals of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

From Waste to Worth: Reclaim Rubber Reimagined

The successful utilisation of reclaim rubber is an ecological and economical victory, echoing benefits across various sectors of society. Here’s how reclaim rubber shines when it’s successfully utilised:

  • Environmental Preservation: Reclaiming rubber significantly reduces the waste footprint. Recycling just four tires can cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 146 kilograms, equivalent to saving approximately 68 litres of gasoline. This practice mitigates the proliferation of scrap tires and decreases the energy consumption compared to producing new rubber, leading to a fresher, greener environment​.
  • Versatile Uses: The utility of reclaim rubber is vast and varied. From creating safer playgrounds and landscaping mulch to enhancing the quality of shoes and even contributing to safer urban infrastructure like parking lots, reclaim rubber proves its versatility. Its adaptability across industries underscores its practicality and the extensive benefits it delivers​

Economic Efficiency: The adoption of reclaim rubber is not just an environmental choice but a financially savvy one. By reducing the demand for new rubber, costs are cut for both producers and consumers, leading to a more economical production process and making products more affordable while maintaining high quality and durability.

A Commitment to Quality and Sustainability

For reclaim rubber manufacturers, quality isn’t a mere checkpoint; it’s a continuous journey. It begins with stringent sourcing criteria for scrap tyres and extends to meticulous quality control throughout the production process. Each batch of reclaim rubber is a reflection of the manufacturer’s commitment to delivering a product that meets, if not exceeds, industry standards and customer expectations.

How Reclaim Rubber Drives Community Development

  • Job Creation: Establishing recycling facilities and production units in local areas, offering both skilled and unskilled positions.
  • Skill Development: Providing training programs to enhance the workforce’s abilities, leading to better employment opportunities.
  • Economic Boost: Injecting new economic activity into communities, leading to ancillary businesses and further job growth.

Conclusion: The Road Ahead with LEAD Reclaim Rubber

As we step into a future where sustainability is paramount, Lead Reclaim & Rubber Products Ltd. stands as a beacon of hope and innovation. Their relentless pursuit of excellence and sustainability has not only carved a niche in the rubber industry but also inspired countless others to embark on a sustainable path. We are not just reclaiming rubber; they are reclaiming the future, one tyre at a time.  As we embrace this sustainable journey, let us all be a part of this change, for a cleaner, greener, and more resilient world.

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