The Importance of Recycling Used Thread Protectors

Pipe thread protectors remain essential for the safe operations of oil, gas, and drilling industry explorations across the globe. However, many companies may not know how to properly dispose of these vital pipe protection tools once they’re finished using them. At any given time, a pipe yard could house piles of used protectors. This causes operations to question what the proper course of action is regarding them. However, there is much more to consider. In this article, Essentra Pipe Protection Technologies stresses the importance of recycling used thread protector products. We also explain the risks associated with reusing protectors that have been reconditioned.

Recycling Thread Protectors Offers a Safe Alternative to Landfill Disposal

Thread protectors are generally applied with the use of a threading compound. Because of this, a company’s recycling efforts can be trickier. In other words, they’ll find it difficult to recycle the protectors the way you might other common plastic goods. However, this leaves the question of what to do with used protectors. How should companies handle them in a way that’s environmentally responsible?

Properly recycling pipe protectors gives companies the opportunity to dispose of large piles of waste materials in pipe yards. At the same time, this allows them to freely maintain smooth operations. In an appropriate recycling process, specialized plastic recycling companies will collect the used plastics, clean them, and dispose of them. They will also sort protectors containing usable plastic and grind them into smaller pellets. Recyclers take the reusable pellets and recycle them back into the manufacturing process to make other low-end industrial components. Most companies will ensure that these components are used where mechanical performance isn’t critical. Ultimately, when you recycle durable plastic materials it benefits waste reduction in landfills and is great for the overall environment.

At Essentra, our current role in this process is to simply urge companies to connect with reliable local plastic recyclers. We help connect companies with a recycler who specializes in properly recycling protective thread products and similar oilfield plastics.

Pipe Protectors That Are Sold for Reuse

Many recycling companies will sort thread protectors that appear to be in fair condition and resell them once they’ve reconditioned them. However, operations that choose to purchase reconditioned protectors may be putting themselves at risk. Though they’ll save on upfront costs, the lack of traceability of a protector’s lifespan is common. Moreover, it’s difficult for companies to know the wear and tear, which also makes reusing protectors a bit risky.

By using new thread protectors for each application, you ensure that the protector’s lifespan begins with your first use. You have a guarantee that the protector hasn’t been used, exposed to elements, endured impacts, or any forms of use which may impact its performance. Instead, Essentra encourages customers to purchase new pipe protection products to ensure safe and efficient operations at all times.

A new protector, like Tector® or Tector® PLUS, could be considered as an inexpensive insurance policy for your pipe threads. Companies that reuse protectors could detract from the safety and performance of the pipe threads and therefore, the pipe itself. New pipe protectors are designed to perform properly and protect pipe threads in order to maintain the overall integrity of the pipe’s performance in operation.

Connect with the Leading Pipe Protection Provider

If your company is considering recycling alternatives in your area, contact Essentra today toll-free at 1-877-276-9208. Companies interested in ordering high-quality, durable pipe thread protectors and other pipe protection products can contact an Essentra location online. You may also freely request a quote online. Either way, we’re here to help you deliver your protected pipe; all day, every day.