BIODEGRADATION OF AF MEDICAL WASTEPAPER PRODUCTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 17935
Amount: $55,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Technical Research Assoc.,
410 Chipeta Way, Suite 222, Salt Lake City, UT, 84108
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gail Bowers-irons
 (801) 582-8080
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Research Institution
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Abstract
IN THE PAST DECADE, WASTEPAPER RECYCLING HAS GAINED A WIDER ACCEPTANCE. DEPLETION OF TREE STOCKS, WASTE WATER TREATMENT DEMANDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS HAVE DRIVEN RECYCLING BOTH IN GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRIAL SPHERES. USING GREATER QUANTITITES OF WASTEPAPER STOCK REDUCES THE NEED FOR VIRGIN FIBER AND MINIMIZES THE PROBLEM OF SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL. PRIOR TO RECYCLE, HOT WATER AND CHEMICALS SEPARATE AND DISPERSE THE FIBERS. THOSE MATERIALS WHICH ARE REMOVED WITH THE HOT WATER AND CHEMICAL TREATMENT INCLUDE: 1) DYES; 2) SIZE; 3) PHENOL-FORMALDEHYDE AND UREA-FORMALDEHYDE; 4) AMINE-RESINS; 5) WAX, COUMARONE-INDENE RESINS AND POLYETHYLENE AND 6) ADHESIVE BINDERS. IN PRELIMINARY WORK, TECHNICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED (TRA) HAS PERFORMED GROUNDWATER S TUDIES TO TEST THE BIODEGRADATION OF AIR FORCE SANITARY WASTEPAPER RES INS AND BINDERS WHICH MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE RECYCLE PROCESSING. THIS PROJECT WILL IDENTIFY THE PREFERRED OPERATING AND SUPPORT CONDITIONS; DETERMINE THE RATE AND EXTENT OF BIODEGRADABILITY; DETERMINE THE COMPOSITION AND AMOUNT OF WASTE PRODUCTS AND DESIGN AND DELIVER A PROTOTYPE PROCESS DESIGN.

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