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The purpose of this study was to identify the economic and environmental concerns for the disposal, reuse, or reclamation of used foundry sand and show how foundries have developed options to landfills. The sand type and the reclamation processes available are the factors to use in determining whether disposal, reuse, or reclamation is appropriate. The continued use of landfills for disposal of used sand strongly indicates that reclamation and reuse techniques were either not understood or not as economical as disposal. Public concerns and new environmental laws demand that alternate means of disposal for used foundry sand should be developed and used.

Reclaiming used foundry sand appears to be the most likely procedure for used sand management (Good, 1991). This study explains how the reclamation process for used foundry sand operates. A recognition of the generating sources of the used sand was described, as well as the alternatives for reuse, reclamation or disposal as part of the overall used sand management.

Another issue of this study was what to do about fallout from the total used sand reclaimed. Sand reclamation and reuse techniques has allowed foundries to make appropriate decisions related to used foundry sand management (Sand Committee Task Force, 1995).

Year of Submission

Spring 1995

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Scott Helzer


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Date Original

Spring 1995

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