The world’s first plant specifically designed to recycle extra-large tires, like the ones used on mining vehicles, will start functioning in June 2018 in Perth, Western Australia.

Two companies, the Tytec Group and Green Distillation Technologies, which is an international award-winning tire recycling technology provider, are to carry out the project.

Tytec Recycling Pty Ltd is based in Perth and was created with aiming to start cost-effective environment-friendly recycling of large tires, also known as off-the-road tires, or OTR. This type of tires is normally used on the large mining dump vehicles and their rim size ranges from 25 to 63 inches.

Top-tier Australian technology is capable of recycling end-of-life tires into carbon black, tire-derived oil and steel with the help of ‘destructive distillation’ procedure which has been introduced by GDT.

Tytec Logistics will be responsible for transportation of tires to the recycling facility from mine spots all over Australia. The company provides storage for OTR tires and occupies over 75% of Australia’s extra-large tire logistics market.

The Perth suburb of Welshpool will serve as the setting of the plant. The facility will ensure complete recycling of the uncut mining tires and enable end-of-life tire rubber to be reused. The annual plant capacity is expected to be 5,000 tons of OTR tires. Thus, around 2,000 tons of carbon black, 2 million liters of tire-derived oil and 1,000 tons of steel will be produced.

According to estimations presented in the 2013-2014 Hyder Report, annually, 155,000 tons of end-of-life OTR tires of different sizes are generated in Australia, and 79.4 per cent of them are abandoned on site, as, no economic and environment-friendly recycling technique existed before.

The GDT technology provides significant recycling advantages, given that a tire weighing 3.5 tons will yield 1,500 liters of oil and 1.5 tons of carbon black. Moreover, it can extract the steel wire, which tire companies can reuse.

$8.5 million are estimated to be the actual plant’s cost, but the final number will be announced once the finishing engineering and building contracts are confirmed. The difference between the OTR facility and traditional passenger/truck tire recycling plant is that the shredding chamber is planned to be ten times as large, and the material price will be considerably higher.

Today, whole OTR tires are not recycled in Australia due to lack of technology supply, thus they are simply buried in a dumping zone on mine sites, or in a dumping place selected by EPA. It is required that the EPA should be provided with the GPS coordinates of the landfill and serial numbers of all disposed tires.

According to Trevor Bayley, Green Distillation Technologies Chief Operating Officer, the building of the world’s first recycling facility for whole OTR tires was initiated after more than a year of logistical research and construction efforts carried out at the nominated Tytec Recycling R&D plant, a division of the GDT plant based in Warren, New South Wales.

Trevor Bayley said that a four-ton tire with a width of 4 meters or larger can now be handled thanks to the solution developed as a result of these efforts. The technique is economically sustainable, as by using a chemical and heat procedure, it can produce adequate amounts of recycled materials. Moreover, it manufactures valuable merchandise out of waste.

Brett Fennell, Tytec Recycling Chairman, said that Australia’s export can benefit greatly from the OTR recycling process. He said that at MinExpo, in Las Vegas, last year the company’s technology stole the show, with mining companies from the United States, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Chile making their requests.

Article source: Traction News