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Re: Recycling Small Armor Plate Inserts (SAPI) from bullet proof /protective vests



Laura, can the plates in sections of the vest that were not hit be reused?
Are the plates composites or just fabric?  If they are just fabric, could a
composites manufacturer (such as a boat builder) use them for speciality
parts?  There would be issues with transportation and supply, though.

Jean S. Waters
Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC)
Nebraska Business Development Center
6001 Dodge St. RH 308
Omaha, NE  68182
402-554-6259 (voice)
402-554-6260 (FAX)

jwaters@mail.unomaha.edu
www.p2ric.org


                                                                           
             Lara Sutherland                                               
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P2-Techies:

I received a request for ideas on how the feds can recycle or reuse
Small Armor Plate Inserts ( or SAPIs) from the protective vests. Each
time a vest is hit the vest is burned and the plates are discarded, by
being put in dumpsters and sent to landfills. Each vest contains 5 to
6 plates weighing a total of 70 pounds. The plates are made of Kevlar
or a composite fiber (graphite/fiberglass). This disposal issue also a
problem for police departments which are throwing out thousands of
these plates each year.

Has anyone heard of a reuse/recycling option for these plates?  Or have
an idea for something they could be used for?

Please reply to the list.

Lara
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Lara Sutherland
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Health Care Without Harm




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