Meat and bone meal blended with UHMWPE for partially biodegradable compound

03/28/2011

Banned from use in cattle feed, billions of pounds of meat and bone meal could be diverted from landfills and into partially biodegradable plastic. Researcher Fehime Vatansever and her team reported their experiments using meat and bone meal (MBM) as a component of partially biodegradable plastics to the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society at its spring event held March 27-31 in Anaheim, CA.

The researchers mixed the MBM plastic with ultra-high-molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and conducted tests showing that the MBM/UHMWPE compound is almost as durable as standalone UHMWPE with the added bonus of being partially biodegradable....
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