How Organic Waste Improves Bitumen’s Characteristics

  • P. Caputo University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 14/D, Rende (CS), 87036, Italy & UdR INSTM della Calabria
  • M. Porto University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 14/D, Rende (CS), 87036, Italy & UdR INSTM della Calabria
  • V. Loise University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 14/D, Rende (CS), 87036, Italy & UdR INSTM della Calabria
  • A. Abe University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 14/D, Rende (CS), 87036, Italy & UdR INSTM della Calabria
  • B. Teltayev Kazakhstan Highway Research Institute Nurpeisova Str. 2a, Almaty 050061, Kazakhstan
  • P. Calandra CNR-ISMN, National Research Council, Institute of Nanostructured Materials, Via Salaria km 29.300, 00015, Monterotondo, Italy
  • C. Oliviero Rossi University of Calabria, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 14/D, Rende (CS), 87036, Italy & UdR INSTM della Calabria


The organic fraction derived from the differentiated collection of urban waste is mainly composed of fatty acids, medium molecular weight hydrocarbons and cellulose. This peculiar composition gave us insight into the possible use of organic waste to improve bitumen’s characteristics (possible antioxidant, regenerating and/ or viscosifying additive for road pavements). The issue of the disposal of organic waste is a global one and it’s constantly of increasing concern. This study looks to alleviate this problem by finding ways for this waste fraction to be utilized for the greater good- in this case, as an additive for bitumen binder in road pavements. The present study is focused on the use of waste as it is and waste treated by the FENTON process (treatment with ferrous sulphate and hydrogen peroxide solution). Dynamic Shear Rheology (DSR) and aging tests (Rolling Thin Film Oven Test, RTFOT) showed that two of the additives tested in this study proved effective: one can be utilised as a viscosifying agent and the other can be us ed as a filler.


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How to Cite
P. Caputo, “How Organic Waste Improves Bitumen’s Characteristics”, Eurasian Chem.-Technol. J., vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 227-233, Nov. 2021.