Silicone Tubing Recycling Plan Transforms Waste to Oil

NewAge® Industries is now able to recycle waste produced from their silicone tubing and braid reinforced hose extrusion processes. The recycled “scrap,” as it is called, finds new life as silicone oil for industrial applications.

“We’re always looking for ways to reduce manufacturing waste,” said Matt Bauer, NewAge’s Production Manager. “We’ve been recycling our plastic scrap for years, but recycling silicone can be complicated. Producing silicone oil from silicone tubing is a multi-step reclamation process that few companies are doing.”

Tubing scrap is created at the beginning and end of the extrusion process as technicians adjust the equipment for proper tubing dimensions. That tubing, and any other that does not meet the company’s strict quality standards, is collected and stored in bulk containers. The containers are then shipped to ECO USA, a company that specializes in reclaiming silicone oil. Both unreinforced silicone tubing and braid reinforced hose are sent to the recycler.

Courtesy of NewAge Industries.