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Date: Wed Dec 04 1996 - 09:39:00 EST

Date: Wed, 4 Dec 96 14:39 WET
Subject: Re: Recycling of acrylics (Damian Preziosi)

December 4, 1996

Dear Damian Preziosi,

Acrylics recycling. What s the universe? 686 million pounds in 1990. Probably about 7% more than that in 1995.
Acrylics are chiefly used in Building/Construction (39%), Adhesives/Coatings/Inks (18%), Electrical/Electronic devices (12%), general industrial uses (11%) and consumer products (4.5%).
About 10% of acrylics in textiles are recycled in 1989 but it is unclear as to whether that would include preconsumer waste, according to the Center for Plastics Recycling Research, now defunct, of Rutgers University.
According to an older report (1988) by Industrial Economics, Inc, Cambridge, MA, the problem with recycling acrylics is that they are integrated structurally with a mixture of other substances in most uses they are put toward. Therefore, not a lot of recycling has been feasible.
I d suggest that you move along to a trade association for plastics such as The American Plastics Council or the Society for Solid Waste Solutions. Most recycling programs do not include acrylics, as I m sure you are aware.

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