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Footwear recycling gets a kick-start

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Published on Oct 16, 2013

A newly developed recycling process could make landfill sites filled with old shoes a thing of the past.

The world's first comprehensive system for separating and recovering useful materials from old footwear has been successfully trialled.

It is able to granulate and segregate leather, plastic foams and rubber so that they can be re-used in products ranging from rubber playground surfacing to new shoes!

The system was developed and tested at Loughborough University's Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Research Centre (IMCRC), whose ten year research programme was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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