A survey conducted by Keep Australia Beautiful in August 2020 has found that although there was overall agreement that the disposal of end-of-life tyres is a worldwide environmental problem, a significant majority did not know what happens after they are left with the retailer to be recycled.
The conference that never was
The annual Waste Conference, which is held in Coffs Harbour each May, is renowned as being one of the most popular held in Australia each year and usually attracts 600-700 attendees.
So when our Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley was selected as a speaker this year, we were all very pleased at the opportunity of addressing such an important audience.
But like so many such gatherings Waste 2020 has been cancelled. The organisers instead asked speakers to publish their papers on the Conference’s website, which we have done.
We have also reproduced it for you in this blog post.
This article was originally published by Shahrzad Pourriahi at http://drupal.prod.european-rubber-journal.com/news/recycler-warns-massive-gap-australias-elt-processing-capacity and is reproduced here with permission.
Warren, New South Wales — Australian recycler Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) has warned that a new government decision to ban the export of whole end-of-life tires (ELTs) could leave the country with a “massive gap” in recycling capacity.
GDT Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley was a speaker at the 2019 Waste Expo, which was held in Melbourne in late October.
This year the event attracted record crowds, which is a reflection of the increasing public interest in waste and recycling and promises a great future for a company like Green Distillation Technologies which has world first technology that recycles old tyres into valuable oil, carbon and steel.
“Crumbed rubber and the purposes to which it is being used could be a future environmental disaster that will need to be cleaned up at some period by the next generation: That’s the considered opinion of our COO, Trevor Bayley.
“It’s not something that I’m on my soapbox about, but from everything that I’ve seen I challenge anyone who considers the facts to reach an alternative opinion”.
This article is by Professor Linda Chalker-Scott from the Department of Horticulture Washington State University who is regarded as an expert in the use of crumb rubber as a garden mulch,
Although the practice is not widespread in Australia her research and remarks are relevant to the use of crumb rubber in Australia in playing fields, playgrounds and golf course pathways.
Like many people who are involved in recycling, Trevor Bayley the Chief Operating Officer of Green Distillation Technologies, has great concerns that many things we are doing today will have future serious environmental consequences.
This thought was sparked by a story of a South African company that is taking the treads from truck tyres that are being re-treaded and grinding it into crumb rubber which is then made into rubber mats and carpet underlay for world-wide sale.
In this blog, to focus on the future problems caused by this form of recycling, we move the clock forward ten years from now to 2029….
High quality carbon is produced from old tyres by the world-first Australian process developed by Green Distillation Technologies that recycles end-of-life tyres.
This is in addition to the oil, which is an easy to refine crude that is used to make diesel, and could be further refined into jet fuel and the steel skeleton of the tyre, which either goes back to the tyre manufacturer for reuse or goes to scrap steel.
Growth in the world market for carbon has been behind a recent spate of world visitors to the see for themselves the world-first Australian process developed by Green Distillation Technologies that recycles end-of-life tyres into oil, carbon and the steel rim and beading of the tyre.
Green Distillation Technologies has already sold the oil they expect to obtain from old tyres recycled in their planned Toowoomba plant using their unique Australian technology.
GDT Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley said he welcomed the announcement of a Queensland Government grant to Southern Oil of Gladstone to help fund their refinery facility and performance trials of the oil from recycled tyres using a Scania V8 test engine.