Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEs) have long been essential in various industrial and household products like detergents, cleaners, pesticides, and other industrial applications, including runway rubber removal chemicals. However, recent scientific research has highlighted their harmful environmental and human health impacts, prompting concerns and regulatory actions worldwide.

Why are APEs so bad?

APEs are known to disrupt hormone systems in wildlife, leading to reproductive and developmental abnormalities. APEs resist degradation and can persist in the environment for long periods. They bioaccumulate in the tissues of aquatic organisms, increasing in concentration as they move up the food chain. Even at low concentrations, APEs can be toxic to fish, amphibians, and other aquatic organisms, causing mortality, reduced fertility, and impaired growth and development. Eventually, it will work its way down the food chain and significantly affect the animals we eat on a daily basis. Recognizing the environmental and health risks associated with APEs, regulatory agencies worldwide, like the United States EPA and the EU, have taken steps to restrict their use, like bans and restrictions on nonylphenol ethoxylates or regulatory actions and voluntary phase-outs to reduce APEs in consumer and industrial products.

APEs are typically found in runway rubber removal products, which help to break down and remove the rubber deposits that collect on runways. These chemical compounds reduce surface tension, allowing cleaning agents to penetrate and remove stubborn rubber build-up more efficiently. However, the environmental and health risks associated with APEs have led to increased regulations and restrictions. Consequently, there is a growing demand for safer, eco-friendly alternatives in runway maintenance solutions, like Avion’s APEs-free formula, which eliminates these risks while ensuring cleaning efficacy.

Avion does NOT use APEs

In response to regulations and environmental concerns, industries are gradually shifting towards safer alternatives for runway rubber removal, like Avion. Unlike chemicals containing alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), Avion’s biodegradable formula eliminates long-term ecological impacts. Avion effectively ensures that performance is not sacrificed for environmental safety. Additionally, Avion eliminates the risk of bioaccumulation disruption in aquatic life, addressing concerns associated with APEs. By adopting Avion into your rubber removal operations, companies can stay environmentally friendly and establish a commitment to sustainability, but here is why you should use it:

    • Common Equipment: There is no need for specialized tools. You can use the equipment you already have.
    • Budget Friendly: Avion is cost-effective at just pennies per square foot, saving money by preventing surface destruction.
    • Minimal Manual Labor: Clean your runway quickly and efficiently with minimal effort and personnel.
    • No Residue: Avion leaves your runway clean and ready, enhancing friction and safety.

On top of this, Avion is extremely easy to use. All you need is a snow broom and a few working hands, and then you’re good to get started with the three simple steps:

  1. Spray Avion on the runway surface and let it sit.
  2. Once you’ve let it sit, you’ll lightly scrub the rubber away with the snow broom without any surface damage to the runway, unlike high-pressure water blasting, which destroys your runways.
  3. Finally, you’ll rinse down the runway with fresh water.

Due to the severe risks that Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEs) pose to the environment and human health, regulatory bodies around the globe have placed substantial limitations on their usage. A transition towards safer alternatives is necessary because of the adverse effects that APEs have on ecosystems and human health. In this sense, Avion stands out, providing a safe, effective composition free of hazardous APEs. Using Avion, airports can ensure safer runway maintenance, meet legal requirements, and support environmental initiatives. Avion is the sensible option for preserving runway safety due to its simplicity, affordability, low manual work needs, and residue-free formula. Adopting Avion is committing to a future where environmental responsibility and great performance coexist, ultimately promoting a cleaner, safer, and more sustainable future.