Conversion of waste toner powder into commercial flooring
Angus Carnie the global powder recycling expert has now developed a new method of converting waste toner powder into commercial flooring suitable for numerous commercial applications including factories, shops, office reception areas, sports stadia, supermarkets and any area with a high footfall volume.
The flooring can be any colour and is extremely hard wearing and will work every time and importantly in every country throughout the World. Carnie added I have now been working on this complex process for 3 years and perfecting the process whereby it worked for every type of waste type. Toner powder are manufactured in numerous types and it was important that each type was tested and fortunately I received samples from many different manufacturers which allowed me to test each type of powder individually. The other problem was I had to develop a solution that would work equally well for small producers of this waste type and extremely large producers. I am approached everyday by remanufacturers and recyclers that have under 1 tonne of waste powder but equally I have customers that produce 20 tonnes per day and a process had to be found that catered for both volumes .
I have seen lots of different systems tried in numerous Countries and they invariably did not work. For example adding to concrete and bricks was a common one but in fact it makes the concrete brittle. Adding heat or water is impossible in any type of process and burning the material is not an option as although it has an excellent calorific value but it is extremely volatile and has lead to major explosions at processing plants. Not to mention expensive to transport and invariably charged a processing fee.
Environmental Authorities throughout the World are becoming stricter in how this material is disposed of. Plus corporate buyers of printer cartridges are asking for complete and detailed audit trails and a zero land fill policy. Therefore a workable solution had to be found and fortunately with this conversion process it has and hopefully this will mean an end to the dumping and land filling of this material.
The main point also was for the producers is to gain an income from selling this powder as it is a by product of the remanufacturing process and with this process the powder can easily be sold with a high and constant demand.
The process is the intellectual property of Angus Carnie and more details can be found on his website www.powderrecycling.co.uk