Innovation helps put tyre recycling into the black

Posted July 10, 2015

Tyre Shredder

Access to tyre recycling has become easier thanks to an Australian invention.
A mobile shredder, capable of handling ten tones of tyre and other rubber cast offs including conveyor belts, puts a new light on the economics of recycling said Tyrecycle CEO Jim Fairweather.
The mobile shredder was designed to not only assist councils burdened by stockpiles of end-of-life waste tyres and conveyor belts, but also to meet the needs of remote or regional mining and construction sites, Mr Fairweather said..
The process offered big environmental and social benefits he said.
“Tyres exposed to heat during a fire can also cause waste water pollution and can have disastrous effects on our environment. In fact, every tonne of waste tyres contain some 875 litres of pyrolytic oil that is released when burnt,” Mr Fairweather said.
“Stockpiled tyres pose a huge fire risk and provide the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, which carry diseases such as dengue fever and the Ross River virus.”
The unit has a full safety lock-out system and can operate for 24 hours on a single 620-litre diesel tank at ambient temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius.
The mobile shredder will support Tyrecycle’s existing fixed-location operations across Australia, which each year transform more than 120,000 tonnes of tyre and conveyor belt waste otherwise destined for landfill into rubber crumb, granules or tyre-derived fuel.
Products made from the recycled rubber include road and sporting surfaces, playgrounds, brake pads and adhesives.
The project was jointly funded by Sustainability Victoria.

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