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TTNA aims to recycle fibre waste from landfills

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May '10
A new Australian Fibre and Textile Environmental and Recycling Co-operative Research Centre (AFTER-CRC) will soon be established by the Technical Textiles and Non-woven Association (TTNA).

The new centre is aimed at finding out ways of increasing the reuse, recovery and renewal of fibrous waste, generated from the industry, so as to reduce the amount of fibrous waste entering the Australian landfills.

According to TTNA's Executive Manager, Kerryn Caulfield, about one trillion tons of fibrous waste, generated from the textile, clothing and footwear processing industries are buried in Australian landfills each year. Fibrous waste is an unexplored source of valuable raw material, which can be renewed and reused for further use, with the help of latest technological advancements.

Caulfield feels that, the new centre will provide the interested firms an easy access to a brand new industry with a hands-on chance to make use of the commercial opportunities that will result from the new industry's activities.

A proposal of three programs has been suggested, which the centre could concentrate upon. The first will aim at reducing waste at source, by identifying materials that can be recycled and processed for further use.

The second program will concentrate on new applications or products that could be carved out of recycled materials, state-of-the-art technologies for fibre recycling and recovery of energy and its further uses. The last program will be aimed at imparting education on the same.

For this new set up, TTNA is looking for producers, retailers and academic institutes that could be a part of the new centre.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India


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