Australian tyre recycler looks to expand into Europe

Australian tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which has developed world-first technology that turns end of life tyres (ELTs) into high value, refinery-ready oil, carbon and steel, believes the time is right for them to expand into the European market.

GDT Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley said that the recent statement by Faziler Cinaralp – secretary general of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association – who said that only 42 percent of the 12 million tonnes of ELTs generated in Europe each year are recycled, had heightened their interest.

“In addition, there is the waning interest in crumbing tyres for sporting field infill, as well as a potential ban on this use and the fact that we offer a much better and environmentally sympathetic tyre recycling alternative,” said Mr Bayley.

“We are working hard to bring our first two Australian processing facilities in Warren in Western New South Wales and Toowoomba in Southern Queensland into full production and have plans for five other Australian plants in Gladstone, Wagga, Geelong, Elizabeth and Collie Western Australia.

“In addition, we are in negotiations to finalise agreements for plants in the US, UK and South Africa.

“Each plant will have a capacity to process 19,300 tonnes of ELT’s comprising a mix of passenger car, 4WD and truck tyres.”

Mr Bayley said that the volume of valuable recycled material from a typical 10 kg car tyre amounted to 3.7 litres of oil, 4.68 kg of carbon, 1.95kg of steel. A 70kg truck tyre will provide 26 litres of oil, 33 kg of carbon, 13.65 kg of steel, and a 4 tonne oversize mining dump truck tyre will yield 1,570 litres of oil,1.7 tonnes of carbon, and 0.76 tonne of steel.

“There is no shortage of raw material as there are 1.5 billion ELT discarded globally each year together with an existing stockpile of at least that volume in dumps around the world.

“In the light of this burgeoning environmental disposal problem our approach provides a recycling solution as we are able to turn a world environmental problem into valuable and highly saleable materials,” he said.

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (August 2020)

18 August 2020

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