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.
Released for Green Distillation Technologies by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)