Recycling and Reuse of Used Foam
AIRTech has a program to recycle and reuse our foam products when they are discarded after their first useful life.
Our strategic partners are able to collect, treat, and recycle into new products the used foam, including materials which have collected inside it.
That includes materials classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as solid waste, and even certain hazardous wastes, collected using the foam’s intended applications, including heavy oils and tars.
The process does not involve burning. It does involve either withdrawal through extraction techniques or use of the foam in combination with the absorbed materials. Since there is no burning, the sorbent foam material is not treated as a hazardous waste itself.
The recycling and reuse of materials collected in the foam are essentially managed no different than used motor oil. The secondary materials are effective in the manufacturing and use of a valuable secondar product, so the recycling is deemed legitimate by the EPA.
The process is mobile, so it can be done onsite, in the field, without transporting concerns, though our transport partners can also assist in collection and aggregation of the used foam for warehousing and expedient processing later.
Both methods eliminate any “storing” implications for the customer. The foam is inert to begin with, and at the end of the cycle we are talking about, the secondary products are also inert. In some instances, byproducts of the process can produce pharmaceutical materials.
We are pleased to have this ability to involve our customers and ourselves in this “cradle to cradle” sustainability program when it comes to our foam products.
who we are.
We came together in response to the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill that occured in the Gulf of Mexico in April of 2010. We were appalled as we witnessed the immediate, devastating impact of the environment. We also saw that the conventional cleanup methods being used were even more damaging to ecosystem, and were not solving the problem. we wanted to help with cleanup effort, so we decided to not be a team of onlookers, but a team that takes action and honors the fact that we are all responsible for the human impact on our planet.
Advanced Innovative Recovery Technologies, Inc. (AIRTech) was our first in finding a solution. Our mission was to be an integral part of resolving this global problem. We joined with one of the top chemists in the world to formulate a new, non-toxic foam product made from renewable resources. By shaping our foam into buoys, booms, and pads, and developing them around an oil spill, we are able to quickly absorb oil from a body of water as easily as you would use a sponge to mop up a spill at home. With the help of family, friends, a few investors, and years of hard work, we developed a product that was approved by the EPA, and also got the green light from the CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE. The foam is water repellent (hydrophobic), while it naturally absorbs oil and silicones (oleophilic). In addition to being highly absorbent on a molecular level, it is so resilient that it an be reused multiple times without degrading. We call it BeBetterFoam®.
Chairman of the AIRTech Board / Founder
Blake has extensive marketing experience developing and assisting small to mid-size companies with private placement funding, and brings diversified experience in business management and corporate finance. Blake has extensive expertise in the construction industry. Since 1985, he has managed, consulted and started several construction and concrete cutting, coring and demolition companies which include American Concrete Cutting & Coring, Castillo Demolition & Concrete and Crown concrete Cutting & Coring.
Chief Executive Officer
Bob is a seasoned business and technology executive with experience in manufacturing, operations and engineering. He has successfully led global businesses and has a proven track record of consistently exceeding revenue and profit objectives. He has successfully taken two companies from start-ups to multi-million dollars in sales.