Some interesting figures on the destination of old tyres in Australia have been divulged today on the ACCC website as part of the re-confirming of the status of industry-supported Australian Tyre Stewardship Australia.
World-first tyre recycling technology developed by Green Distillation Technologies is on display as part of the Innovation Wall at the Recycling Discovery Hub which has opened at the Materials Recycling Facility at 1 Recycling Road, Hume, ACT.
The display is part of a showcase of new technology solutions and shows a section of tyre, examples of the oil, carbon and steel that are created as a result of the GDT destructive distillation process.
The Innovation Wall exhibition is permanent and allows school and community groups to receive tailored education programs and understand waste and recycling activities that are undertaken in the ACT.
After a further pre-lodgement meeting in Toowoomba yesterday with Queensland Government officials plans for construction of the plant to recycle old tyres into oil, carbon and steel are on track for commissioning of the first module next April.
The plant will be operated by Green Distillation Technologies, an Australian company that has developed a unique process that will recycle old tyres into valuable oil, carbon and steel, which makes it an outstanding example of the ‘circular economy’.
The plant is expected to process 19,300 tonnes, or a mix of 658,000 car and truck tyres per year, to yield approximately 8 million litres of oil, 7,700 tonnes of carbon and 2,000 tonnes of steel.
GDT Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley, who was at the meeting, said that as no obstacles have been raised they are optimistic for a construction start in September at the latest and completion and a start to operations in April 2019. The meeting was also attended by officials from the Queensland Department of Regional Development and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
“The plant is expected to cost $10 million to become fully operational and employ 15 to 18 permanent staff and local contractors during construction.
The tyre recycling facility will be built at the Wellcamp Business Park which is being developed by the Wagner Family, who was responsible for the construction of the new Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport. The land will be leased by Green Distillation Technologies, using their world-first Australian technology that will recycle end-of-life tyres into oil, carbon and steel using their ‘destructive distillation’ process.
The plant, which will completely recycle the whole tyres and not cut or crumb the rubber, is expected to draw the stock of old tyres from the Toowoomba region and further west, which will be expanded with the completion of the new inland rail link.
The GDT ‘destructive distillation’ process recycles each tyre into oil, carbon and steel. The oil can be used as a heating fuel, direct into stationary diesel engines or is capable of further refinement into automotive or aviation jet fuel and other oil derived products.
The oil from the recycled tyres is described as a light crude which is easy to refine and is expected to go to the Northern Oil refinery at Gladstone.
The carbon is a high-grade product that has massive world-wide potential for sale as carbon, in the form of carbon black, and is one of the world’s most widely used ingredients in many products ranging from tyres, plastics and paints, water filtration, printers ink, paint, electrodes, graphene, toothpaste and cosmetics including eyeliner, mascara, nail polish, eye shadow, blushes, rouge and lipstick.
And the steel reinforcing mesh and beading of the tyre can be fully recycled or returned directly to the tyre manufacturers for reuse in new tyres.
The volume of valuable recyclable material produced by the process is impressive and a typical 10 kg car tyre will yield 4 litres of oil, 4kg of carbon, 2kg of steel, a 70kg truck tyre will provide 27 litres of oil, 28 kg of carbon, 15 kg of steel and 4 tonne oversize mining dump truck tyre will yield 1.6 tonnes of carbon, 0.8 tonne of steel and 1500 litres of oil.
Green Distillation Technologies Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley said: “There are 1.5 billion tyres discarded globally each year with Australia generating around 25 million disused tyres a year while the USA currently discards more than 250 million old tyres.
“Grinding the tyres into crumbs is not a solution as there is only so much that can be used in playgrounds and on sporting fields and regrettably the greatest proportion finishes up as furnace fuel, which is a waste of such a valuable raw material as well as creating noxious greenhouse gas emissions.
“We believe that in the future the GDT process will become the standard means of disposing of old tyres in an environmentally friendly way, which is consistent with the growing trend towards achieving a circular economy,” Mr Bayley said.
About Green Distillation Technologies Corporation: GDT is an Australian company which has developed world-first technology to recycle end-of-life car and truck and oversize tyres into carbon, oil and steel.
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A pre-lodgement meeting has been held with Toowoomba Regional Council to determine the planning steps to be taken for the construction of a plant to recycle old tyres into oil, carbon and steel at the Wellcamp Business Estate in Toowoomba using world-first environmentally friendly Australian technology.
The plant will be operated by Green Distillation Technologies, an Australian company that has developed a unique process that will recycle old tyres. The plant is expected to process 19,300 tonnes, or a mix of 658,000 car and truck tyres per year, to yield approximately 8 million litres of oil, 7,700 tonnes of carbon and 2,000 tonnes of steel.
Caravans have tyre issues that are not encountered with the average car tyre.
For a start, the wear patterns on caravan and trailer tyres are different to cars and 4wd’s as the weight loadings are generally higher.
This problem can be added to by the owner illegally overloading the ‘van over its permitted weight behind the axle by putting in those extras like a barbecue, chairs, table, outdoor lights and a tent, as well as that extra water for the shower, that are a ‘must’ for the holidays.
Recently we came across an interesting article by Lex Talamo for the Shreveport Times. It deals with the problem caused by people illegally dumping old tyres across the outskirts of Shreveport and its adjoining countryside in Louisiana.
New research has been conducted into the performance and emissions of oil from recycled tyres in a 2.5 litre diesel vehicle under real-world operating conditions.
The tests were conducted on a 2017 Hyundai iLoad van, a vehicle size that is used for city deliveries and as a people mover and has an engine capacity comparable to that widely used in light commercials, SUVs and 4WDs.
The first car tyres were white, not black, as the colour comes from the carbon black that is added to the tyre during manufacture to greatly improve wear and heat dissipation.
The natural colour of rubber is an off-white and the gleaming colour of those early tyres came from zinc oxide added to the mix.
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An Australian recycler with world-first recycling technology can turn old aircraft tires into bio jet fuel.
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Aircraft tyres on a commercial jet are an amazing example of advanced design and manufacture. After all they have to hit the tarmac and after an initial skid accelerate to 170 miles per hour and safely support the weight of a small office building.
But after six months, or 300 landings, they need replacement.
Although some can find further use on farm equipment or backhoes, most are ground into crumbed rubber for use in playgrounds and sporting fields.
Unfortunately, there is a limit on how much can be used for these purposes. Inevitably a large percentage is burnt as furnace fuel.