LICO Oy has signed a recirculation contract with Kuusakoski Oy. The agreement covers treatment of manufacturing waste of glass fiber reinforced plastic as well as its transportation to FinnSementti Oy.
Co-processing composites through the cement kiln is considered the best recycling option for fiber reinforced thermosets. The method is compliant with the EU legislation for recycling.
The agreement is part of KiMuRa – project, meaning Recycled Crushed Rawmaterial, led by Composites Group of Finnish Plastics Industries Federation. The goal of the project is to find a technically and economically viable recycling process for industrial composite waste. The funding is coming from Finnish government (environment) as part of the Plastics Road Map funding
Composite materials offer superior properties in terms of strength, lightness and long lifetime. Composites have enabled completely new types of products that are significantly better compared to traditional materials such as steel, aluminum or wood. For example, in transportation equipment composite structures, due to their lightness and long lifetime, have led to more energy- and environment-efficient solutions than before. The properties of composites are essential in more environmentally friendly development of the future. They enable solutions that make the best use of renewable energy and reduce the use of fossil raw materials.