Recycleability of VAE polymers in Concrete

VAE polymers are often used as adhesion improver for tile adhesives, as binder in interior coatings (wall paints), and also for self levelling compounds and many other construction and building purposes.

VAE is a thermoplastic, water solluble polymer. It can increase flexibility and strenght of concrete and other cementitious products. VAE is also used with many other materials, like biobased, organic materials. It’s also enabling to bond tiles on old tile adhesives (Tile over tile application).

When recycling cementitious products with VAE, it is most likely not to affect, or positive affect in most purposes.

can concrete be recycled?

Yes, concrete can be recycled. The process of recycling concrete involves breaking, removing, and crushing the old concrete into small pieces, which are then used as aggregate for new concrete. This process helps to conserve natural resources, reduce waste, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of new concrete.

Recycled concrete can also be used for other purposes such as road base, backfill, landscaping, and erosion control. In addition, the use of recycled concrete in construction projects can earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits, which are awarded for sustainable building practices.

However, it’s important to note that not all concrete can be recycled. Concrete that has been contaminated with hazardous materials, such as lead, asbestos, or chemicals, may not be suitable for recycling. In such cases, proper disposal procedures must be followed to ensure that the hazardous materials do not pose a risk to human health or the environment.