Initial assessment of reuse of sustainable wastes for fibreboard production : the case of waste paper and water hyacinth

Ojo, E. O. and Okwu, M. and Edomwonyi-Otu, L. and Oyawale, F. A. (2019) Initial assessment of reuse of sustainable wastes for fibreboard production : the case of waste paper and water hyacinth. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management. ISSN 1438-4957

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    Abstract

    In this early study, new cement-bonded bi-composite fibreboard (FB) was made from water hyacinth (WaHy) and waste paper (WP). Ordinary Portland cement (PdCe) used as a binder was mixed with other two additives: gypsum plasters (GyPl) and wood ash (WdAh), in defined proportions to form bonding matrices. The WP and WaHy were pre-treated and a linked process was developed for the mixing and consolidation steps. The FBs produced were based on different proportions of composites, binder, and additives mixed. The FBs produced were made from different proportions of composites, binders, and additives. Improved tensile strength was observed for bi-composite FB from WaHy mixed with WP. In general, FBs having densities in the range of 0.50–0.57 g cm−3 were compared favourably with the ASTM and ANSI standards (95%), thus making the FBs a potential alternative for building and construction purposes. More elaborate research with advanced analytical techniques is hereby suggested.