The first group of school children to visit the Green Distribution Technologies tyre recycling plant at Warren in Western New South Wales, were able to see first-hand how the Australian world first process is able to turn end-of-life tyres into oil, carbon and steel.
The group, from the Warren Central School examined the oil, carbon and the steel tyre reinforcing and beading that are recovered from the processed tyres and learn how the oil can be refined into petrol, diesel, jet fuel and other petroleum products, the carbon used in a myriad of products from printers’ ink to cosmetics and the steel going for scrap or used by the tyre manufacturer in new tyres.
Warren Central teacher Abdullah Zayied said that the school visit was instructional as the children are studying resource management and recycling and this visit was an opportunity to see how it works in practice.
“Naturally we had to be aware that the plant is an industrial workplace so we did a through risk assessment prior to the visit to minimise any danger,” he said.
Green Distillation Technologies Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley who attended the visit together with the inventor of the process and their Technical Manager Denis Randall, said that although the visit was the first by a group of school children, they hoped it was the first of many.
“We have had visits from groups from the Country Womens Association in the past but we believe it is important for children to see what we do and absorb the important message that recycling is vitally important for the future and particularly old tyres that are such an environmental problem, as they will last for over 500 years.
“We believe that our process, that takes such a product and turns it into valuable raw materials, while not creating harmful emissions, has a great deal to commend it. Other so-called recycling methods, such as crumbing the tyre and for use on sporting fields and playgrounds, does not change the tyre, but simply cuts it into small pieces to be cleaned up by future generations.
“Chipping for use as furnace fuel, which is another popular method of disposing of old tyres, creates dangerous emissions and a toxic residue that has to go to landfill.
“Currently we are operating a tyre recycling processing plant in Warren, Western New South Wales and are scaling up those operations. We are currently raising capital for another plant in Toowoomba, Queensland, after having received all the necessary Government approvals,” they said.
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