Gilmar Lima, president of the Latin American Composite Materials Association (ALMACO), and Antonio Bonetti, Secretary of the Environment and Water Resources of the state of Paraná, Brazil, have agreed to create a project for the environmentally-friendly re-use of composite parts.

Created in late 2014 by ALMACO, the program for composite parts covers state capital Curitiba and other 29 cities, and initially comprises bus components such as ceilings, railings and bumpers. During the first year, the organization aims to re-use five tons of composites for co-processing in cement kilns, an alternative recognized as environmentally friendly.

‘If [manufacturers] do not join the program, they will be subject to expensive fines, similar to what happened in the segment of tires and oil filters,’ reported Paulo Camatta, executive manager of ALMACO.

The plan drawn up by ALMACO has the support of Masimon consulting and twelve companies of composites production chain: Ashland, CPIC, Jushi, Marcopolo, Mascarello, Morquímica, MVC, Neobus, Owens Corning, Reichhold, Royal Polymers and Tecnofibras. Also support the project the National Association of Bus Manufacturers (FABUS) and the Industry Interstate Association of Rail and Highway Material and Equipment (SIMEFRE).

Antonio Bonetti, Secretary of the Environment of Paraná, and Gilmar Lima, president of ALMACO, sign the agreement for composite re-use.
Antonio Bonetti, Secretary of the Environment of Paraná, and Gilmar Lima, president of ALMACO, sign the agreement for composite re-use.

This story uses material from ALMACOwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier. 

This story uses material from ALMACOwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.