The Top 3 Factors Driving Carbon Fiber Recycling

Our industry has been talking about recycling for years. We all agree that recycling needs to be improved, but actually getting to that place where carbon fiber waste is recycled as readily as paper and glass has remained elusive.   Recycling is expensive. There is no way around it. But that expense could be justified and even overcome if the demand for recycled carbon fiber (RCF) was there. In a February 2019 Composites World post, contributor Amanda Jacob made the case that the market is there. We will borrow from her piece a bit in talking about the top three factors


Recycling Carbon Fiber Starting to Paying Off

We work with clients in a variety of industries ranging from sporting goods to aerospace. So when we sell a carbon fiber block or tube, we don't necessarily know what that material will ultimately be used for. What we do know is that some of the material will ultimately end up as waste – waste that we hope will be recycled. Despite composites having been around since the 1950s, recycling has been somewhat of a holy grail for us. Our industry has long believed that finding a way to effectively recycle composite waste, including carbon fiber waste, could reduce the overall cost