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.
JLW Services Director Jamie Walmsley said that the bin system they have developed reduces the multiple handling of the old tyres and as a result is a major improvement in productivity.
“Usually a tyre fitter takes the old tyre off the vehicle and stores it until collection. It then has to be lifted on to the truck and when it arrives at the recycling plant taken off one at a time.”
“Using the bin, the multiple handling is reduced as the end-of-life tyre goes straight into the bin when it is taken off the vehicle by the tyre fitter, we collect it and take it straight to the Green Distillation Technologies plant at Warren in Western New South Wales for recycling into oil, carbon and the steel rim.”
“We are currently collecting approximately 4,000 tonnes of tyres a year, but GDT wants 19,000 tonnes so we are planning to increase our capacity beyond the five trucks we currently have on the road.”
“Our waste tyre bin system has met with very positive reaction from everyone who has used it and it also meets New South Wales Fire Brigade and insurance regulations,” he said.
Green Distillation Technologies CEO Craig Dunn said that his company will need an ongoing supply of end-of-life tyres when they commence production at Warren next month after operating a test facility since 2009 and have appointed JLW Services as their preferred supplier.
‘We plan to start construction of another plant in Longford Tasmania which we expect to have operating in June 2016 and have plans for six more plants in Australia.
“Our system of recycling a typical end-of-life 10kg car tyre yields 4kg of carbon, 1.5kg of steel and 4 litres of oil while a 70kg truck tyre will provide 28kg of carbon, 11kg of steel and 28 litres of oil.
“The oil produced from the GDT process can be used as a heating fuel, direct into some stationary diesel engines or is capable of further refinement into automotive or aviation fuels, while the carbon is a high grade product that can replace those sourced from fossil fuels and the steel is returned directly to tyre manufacturers for reuse.
The process is a closed loop and therefore is emission free and the recycled oil is used as the production heat source. It is the only process available in the world that remanufactures the rubber from old tyres into a different energy form as most other recycling methods merely change the shape or appearance of the rubber through slicing or grinding,” he said.
About Green Distillation Technologies: GDT is an Australian company which has developed technology to recycle end‐of‐life tyres into carbon, oil and steel.
Released for Green Distillation Technologies by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)