Exhaust emissions from oil from recycled tyres have been found to have thirty per cent less nitrogen oxide, which contributes to photochemical smog and lower particle mass than oil from fossil sources, but almost the same performance, according to research conducted by the Queensland University of Technology.
The development of Australian world first technology to recycle end of life car and truck tyres has been a story in itself, but that is nothing compared with working out the logistics of how to handle those extra-large ‘off the road’ tyres (OTRs) used by heavy duty mining dump trucks, large agricultural tractors and road making equipment.
As an incentive, the recycling rewards are tantalising because using the Green Distillation Technology a tyre that weighs 3.5 tonnes will yield 1500 litres of oil, 1.5 tonnes of carbon, as well as the steel reinforcing which will go back to the tyre manufacturer for reuse.
Green Distillation Technologies, the Australian company that has proposed building the $8.5 million plant to process end of life car and truck tyres at Longford, Tasmania is still determined to proceed despite encountering delays in securing Government approvals.
The top executive team of Green Distillation Technologies, the company which plans to build an $8.5 million plant in Longford, will visit Tasmania this week to see if they can manage the issues that have arisen in securing permission to build their plant to process end-of-life car and truck tyres.
Green Distillation Technologies, which has proposed building a $8.5 million plant in Longford, Tasmania to process end of life car and truck tyres, is considering its position and may proceed with construction.
They had previously announced that they would not proceed if the Local Council does not end its move to revoke Tyre Recycle Tasmania’s permit to store tyres on their site beyond March 2016.
The $8.5 million plant to process end of life car and truck tyres that was proposed for Longford, Tasmania will not proceed if the Local Council does not end its move to revoke Tyre Recycle Tasmania’s permit to store tyres on their site beyond March 2016.
The plant was to be built by an Australian company, Green Distillation Technologies Corporation which earlier this year won a bronze medal for their world first Australian technology in the US Edison Awards, the world’s top innovation award. They were Australia’s first ever finalist in the awards.
GDTC had planned to start work on their site in Longford, which is adjacent to the tyre storage area this month and to have the facility operating in June 2016, but the Northern Midland Council has become impatient and has decreed that the temporary planning permit for the existing tyre dump of 1.3 million tyres will be revoked in March 2016.
As well as being a major environmental problem, end-of-life tyres are difficult to handle from both a storage and transport point of view.
So a simple and clever idea based of a returnable bin is solving what has been a transport and logistics nightmare in the past for council tips as well as tyre retailers, transport companies and tyre collectors. The returnable bins have been developed by waste tyre collector JLW Services of Cootamundra, a business that operates throughout New South Wales and North Western Australia and has plans to expand nationwide.
The bins come in 50m3, 38m3, 25m3, 18.5m3, 10.5m3 sizes and comprise of a heavy duty welded cage which is simply dropped off at the tyre retailer, transport depot, mine site or council tip. The end-of-life tyres are placed in the bin and when it is full it is collected and a new bin dropped off. The capacity that can be handled in the bins range from 600 mixed car and four wheel drive tyres for the 50m3 size down to 320 for the 25m3, while the 10.2m3 is designed for waste transfer stations and motorcycle shops.
“No one knows just how many end-of-life car and truck tyres there are in Australia, but what we do know is that they are an environmental scourge,” says Craig Dunn the CEO of an Australian company that has developed a world-first process for recycling old tyres into oil, carbon and steel.
Green Distillation Technologies is currently commercialising their technology which recycles end of life (ELTs) tyres into saleable commodities of carbon, oil and steel and are now moving to full production with an $8 million upgrade to their original test processing facility in Warren, Western New South Wales with plans for six more plants in Australia.
New environmental solutions will provide the jobs of tomorrow
It is becoming a cliché to say that the jobs of tomorrow will come from technologies that have not yet been invented and it is also true to say that many of these jobs will come from solutions to environmental problems that mankind has created.
One new world-first Australian technology has emerged to solve a massive worldwide environmental problem, what to do with end-of-life car and truck tyres.