How is Fiberglass Disposed of?

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How is Fiberglass Disposed of?
Fibreglass can be used as a protective materials or as insulation. (Farbspiel image by schaltwerk from Fotolia.com)

Fibreglass is a form of plastic that is made by laying a type of mesh plastic down and coating it with resin. Some types of fibreglass are thick and hard, and are used for protective purposes or to form the frames of cars or boats. These versions are easy to dispose of and are famous for their lightweight and weather resistant properties. Other versions are much lighter and are used for insulation in walls.

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Recycling

One of the more popular methods of disposing of fibreglass is recycling. If insulation fibreglass is still in good condition, it can be collected and reused as insulation. Even some types of fibreglass that are worn or torn can be included in newer fibreglass constructs, such as conglomerate insulation which is made out of many different materials.

Small Amounts

Small amounts of fibreglass used for projects or parts replacement can be disposed of in a normal manner. Fibreglass is popular because, unless it is being created or moved frequently (which can sometimes release tiny fibres into the air), it does not pose any danger to the environment around it. Fibreglass slivers and pieces can be placed in a dustbin with normal trash and taken care of along with other unrecyclable materials.

Disposing of Fiberglass

For larger amounts of fibreglass, waste disposal facilities typically need to be contacted. This occurs if a renovation requires that a large amount of fibreglass be removed, or if an older type of fibreglass that still contains asbestos is being removed according to required standards. In this case, a waste disposal site gives approval or a permit that allows the fibreglass to be taken their. The fibreglass is then either recycled or incorporated safely into a landfill.

Fibreglass Boats

Fibreglass boats are an interesting exception to normal fibreglass rules. According United States ocean and environment standards, fibreglass materials cannot be dumped overboard. However, boats made of fibreglass do not fall under these guidelines, and legally they can be left derelict as long as they sink and do not continue to float above the water. These fibreglass boats cannot be used to make man-made jetties or reefs.

Working Safely With Fiberglass

Fibreglass, especially fibreglass insulation, can be dangerous to work around frequently because of the tiny particles that it releases into the air. If these particles get into the eyes they can cause ocular damage. Fibreglass insulation itself can easily cause skin irritation, so protective clothing should be worn when handling it, along with the proper protective equipment for eyes.

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