The construction of an extra-large tire recycling plant will start soon with the commissioning of final drawings and the commencement of construction of the recycling processing plant in Perth, Western Australia expected by February 2018.
The venture is a collaboration between the Tytec Group and Green Distillation Technologies. They have jointly established Australian based Tytec Recycling Pty Ltd to undertake economic recycling of OTR tires.
GDT claims to have developed world-first technology that will recycle end-of-life tires into oil, carbon and steel using their ‘destructive distillation’ process. Transport of tires from mine sites to the recycling plant will be undertaken by Tytec Logistics which has over 75% of the Australian OTR logistics market.
GDT stated that the recycling benefits by this method are considerable as by using the GDT technology a tire that weighs 3.5 tonnes will yield 1,500 litres of oil, 1.5 tonnes of carbon, as well as the steel reinforcing which can go back to the tire manufacturer for reuse.
The recycling of OTR tires in Australia is the ‘tip of iceberg’ according to GDT’s Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley, who attended MinExpo, the world’s biggest mining expo in Las Vegas last year. “The Australian recycling potential for OTR tires is a fraction of the world market as during MinExpo we received enquiries from mining companies in Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Canada, the United States and Chile and the market in these countries which all have large mining industries is immense as they also have no current economic green means of recycling their used OTR tires.”
“As an example of the scale of mining companies in these countries and to demonstrate the potential market for the technology, one individual South American mine operator we met has more dump trucks than all those operating in Western Australia today.
“The move to build the world’s first processing plant for OTR tires comes after more than twelve months of logistical research and development work undertaken at the designated Tytec Recycling research plant which is a section of the GDT facility in Warren, New South Wales. This work has been to find a solution to the problem of how to handle a four-tonne tire with a diameter of 4 metres or more through a complex process at sufficient volume to make it economically viable,” Trevor Bayley said.
Tytec Recycling Chairman Brett Fennell said that the OTR tire recycling solution adds the final piece to the puzzle and will enable the mining and industrial sectors to be able to complete a cradle to grave solution for OTR tires by utilising a green economic disposal method.
“For fifteen years we have been offering a complete OTR tire service to the mining industry including logistics, storage, re-treading and repairs and now we have the technology and method to offer an economically viable recycling solution as part of our total range of services.”
“The environmental benefit of recycling very large and hard to handle tires that have finished their useful life into high grade reusable commodities such as oil, carbon and steel, rather than just burying the problem for future generations to try and solve is enormous.”
“As well as the Australian market for recycling OTR tires, we believe that we can play a key role in helping to introduce this unique locally developed technology to the world,” Brett Fennell said.
More information is available on the Tytec Recycling website.