MTAiQ Client Providing Tyre Recycling Solutions

MTAiQ client Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) is tackling the global issue of recycling end-of-life car and truck tyres, developing a world-first process that turns old tyres into high-value oil, carbon and steel without emitting anything other than heat.

Earlier this month, MTAiQ General Manager Kathy Winkcup travelled to the GDT tyre recycling plant in Warren, New South Wales with MTA Group CEO Dr Brett Dale to have a first-hand look at the innovative technology.

Using a process called destructive distillation, tyres are loaded into a process chamber which is evacuated of air and sealed. Heat is then applied, which acts as a catalyst for a chemical reaction that destructs the tyre into multiple different compounds. Once this process is over, the carbon and steel is extracted, cooled and separated, while the remaining compound is collected and condensed into ‘manufactured’ oil.

The manufactured oil is then recycled to generate the heat source for the production, making the entire process emission free.

A single GDT recycling plant has the capacity to recycle 685,000 tyres per year with zero emissions produced, making it an ideal method for combating the 23 million used tyres generated annually.

The recycling technology has already caught international attention, with agreements in place to take the technology to the United States and South Africa signed earlier this year, while a second local plant is already being planned by GDT in Toowoomba.

GDT were also recently nominated in the category of Environmental Achievement of the Year at the annual Tire Technology International Awards, capping off a whirlwind start to 2020. The winner of the award will be announced at a gala dinner in Germany on 26 February.

For more information about the recycling process, check out this video.

To find out more about Green Distillation Technologies, visit their website.

19 Feb 2020

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