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 Post-used shoes recovery in footwear industry and other applications

Europe’s annual footwear consumption amounts to 2,600 million pairs, which means that 1.5 million tones/year of footwear end up in urban dumping sites. Additionally, the sector industries contribute 90,000 additional tones derived from by-products and rejects. This kind of waste, which is mainly made up of a combination of polymeric materials, textiles and leather, causes a high visual impact and its slow degradation makes it persist in the environment.

 

However, the waste generated by the footwear manufacturing activities is an important source of energy and raw material that can be recycled. There have been previous initiatives concerning footwear recycling, but they did not succeed mainly due to the fact that they were directed to no value-added products or the reluctance to the processes implied (in the case of energy generation by means of combustion).

 

The action to be implemented addresses the reuse of post-used shoes and footwear waste and its utilization in new products by means of a mechanical treatment of footwear waste. The main disadvantage of footwear recycling is the need to separate the original components. This proposal aims to reuse footwear as a whole, without the need to separate its components, and to add it to higher value added products within the footwear, sports and road safety sectors.

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