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The European Chemical Agency’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) is proposing an EU-wide ban on microplastics infill in sports and other play surfaces from 2028 due to ‘possible’ environmental releases. Since our tyres contain a mixture of natural rubber and synthetic polymers (TDRM), these are deemed to have been intentionally introduced into infill materials. The ECHA further claims that 16,000 tonnes of this material is ‘released’ into the environment annually and constitutes its justification for the proposed ban.
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) reports that an innovative spray-on concrete made from used tyres that can protect buildings against blast, ballistics, impact and fire has been short-listed for Australia’s most prestigious manufacturing awards. TSA supports Flexiroc Australia Pty Ltd in its research and development of this ground-breaking product, Protectiflex. Flexiroc managing director Gary Bullock says Protectiflex is a game changer: a one-stop solution that can be sprayed on buildings and structures to strengthen and protect them – and the people within them – from explosions, weapons and ballistics attacks, forced entry and fire.
Carlton Forest Group’s IRR Manufacturing is forging ahead in the pyrolysis market with the launch of an updated website to showcase its unique technology. Manufactured in South Africa, but managed by an expert team in the UK, IRR Waste 2 Energy, already has a pyrolysis plant installed and fully operational at its UK headquarters in Worksop, and is achieving outputs of energy, oil and carbon char making the process entirely circular. To demystify the smoke and mirrors media profile that pyrolysis generally has, the team has adopted an up front and honest approach; showcasing the typical processes and costs associated with installing and commissioning an IRR pyrolysis plant. Four packages are presented on the new website giving clear explanations, which can be supported by onsite visits and the technical expertise of the UK team.