WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—ASTM International's rubber committee (D11) has established a new subcommittee focused on rubber sustainability.
The subcommittee will concentrate on developing standardized terms, test methods, specifications, practices and classifications that support sustainability of rubber, rubber products, systems and services, according to ASTM Rubber Committee Chairman Timothy Morris.
The committee's establishment directly relates to Goal 12, "Responsible Consumption and Production," of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, according to an ASTM statement.
"Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all," the UN Sustainable Development Goals website states.
In addition to standards development, the new subcommittee will take over some standards from existing subcommittees, according to ASTM. These include:
- Classification for Rubber Compounding Materials-Recycled Vulcanizate Rubber (D6603);
- Test Method for Rubber Compounding Materials-Determination of Particle Size Distribution of Recycled Vulcanizate Particulate Matter (D5644);
- Test Method for Determination of Percent Devulcanization of Crumb Rubber Based on Crosslink Density (D6614); and
- Practice for Rubber Compounding Materials—Evaluation of Recycled Vulcanizate Particulate Rubber (D8268).
The new subcommittee will be part of the next rubber committee meeting in Boston June 29-July 1. For details on how to join the organization, visit astm.org/JOIN.