... So says Stella Job, Knowledge Exchange Export for the UK's Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in the article Recycling glass fibre reinforced composites – history and progress, published in the September/October 2013 issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine.

The article continues:

The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) states that GRP is “recyclable and compliant with EU legislation,” and it is (see EuCIA issues position paper on recycling of glass reinforced thermoset composites). But at present facilities exist only in Germany to recycle, which for companies in UK, for example, is prohibitively expensive and not environmentally friendly due to the effect of transport, leaving the option only to landfill.

To what extent is GRP economically recyclable, and therefore actually being recycled?

How much would it affect markets for GRP if there were fully functioning, economically sustainable, geographically widespread recycling supply chains?

The article sets out to address these questions.

READ PART 1 HERE.