Month by month, our Weibold Academy series touches different topics from the world of tire recycling and highlights different sides of running this business. If you have missed our previous articles, you can find links in the end of this post.

Today, many developing countries suffer from poor waste management practices and severe environmental problems. This includes not only insufficient wastewater treatment, dangerous chemicals in soil or solid household waste, but also end-of-life tires (ELTs) which, accumulated at landfills, pose threat to human health.

Whereas fraught politics is incapable of designing scrap tire management regulations and establishing collection systems, there are other practices which could help. To affect scrap tire management and recycling on local level, one should come up with solutions tailored to people’s economic behavior and habits, and look at their economic needs. This is where crowdsourcing for ELTs comes into play.

In geographic areas suffering from poor electrical power supply, crowdsourcing could help establish a business model where electrical power is provided against scrap tires delivered by residents to the plant. Such a business model should be based on container tire pyrolysis projects which benefit both residents and environment by converting end-of-life tires to electricity, creating jobs and offering economic opportunities for investors in the environmental and energy sectors.

In this example, a containerized installation can process 600 kg of scrap tires an hour to steel-free crumb rubber and thereof produce 500 kWh of electrical energy, which will also power the tire shredder and the pyrolysis unit, whereas the rest of electricity can go to a local power grid.

The installation contains a tire debeader, tire shredder, electrically powered tire pyrolysis plant with gas reservoir and hot gas driven turbine-generator built into one 40 feet and two 20 feet full side door containers with a continuous throughput of 500 kg of rubber granulate an hour. Installation with higher capacities are also available.

Such projects would enable consumers with low income to pay electricity bills by tires, e.g. two tires per day against a supply of 5 kWh/day (daily power consumption of an average African household). Steel content and heating energy of one tire will cover the energy supply costs and the other tire can be considered as power plant’s profit.

The opportunity “Electrical Power against Scrap Tires” enables plant operators to outsource raw material supply and still receive a healthy profit margin.

Weibold cooperates with engineering professionals involved in designing, manufacturing and upgrading of tire pyrolysis equipment, who have been involved in similar projects in developing countries. Upon request, Weibold can shed light on technical solutions and needs for such a setup depending on a specific situation, e.g. remote area, developing countries, etc.

To mitigate the planning risks, meet the challenges and explore the opportunities in any phase of your tire pyrolysis project, contact Weibold and consider our specialized services. Our feasibility studies, market research modules, as well as technology evaluation and financial modeling services can help you avoid pitfalls, protect your investment, solve technical problems and improve your profit margins. Write us at sales@weibold.com to learn more about our work!

Links to our previous articles:

  1. Welcome to weibold! Academy
  2. weibold! Academy: Recycled Rubber Output Spectrum and Rubber Granulates
  3. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulates, Rubber Powder, Tire Derived Steel and Tire Derived Fiber
  4. weibold! Academy: Tyre Recycling Value Chain
  5. weibold! Academy: Applications for Tyre Recycling Plant Output
  6. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulate Applications
  7. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Rubber Industry
  8. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Surface Coatings
  9. weibold! Academy: Success Factors in the Tire Recycling Industry
  10. weibold! Academy: Understanding Tire Recycling Technology
  11. weibold! Academy: Total Quality Management in Tire Recycling
  12. weibold! Academy: Applications for Fibers from End-of-Life Tires
  13. weibold! Academy: Safety and health effects of crumb rubber infill in artificial turf
  14. weibold! Academy: Tire pyrolysis – products and applications
  15. weibold! Academy: Tire-derived fuel in cement production
  16. weibold! Academy: How to improve tire collection in small cities
  17. weibold! Academy: How to prevent tire fires
  18. weibold! Academy: Recycled tires in railroad construction
  19. weibold! Academy: Basics about tire-derived fuel
  20. weibold! Academy: Waste tires in civil engineering
  21. weibold! Academy: How to create your own sandals from used tires
  22. Weibold Academy: Sustainable rubber powder composites
  23. Weibold Academy: How recycled tires enhance safety of children on playgrounds
  24. Weibold Academy: Recycled tires in footwear manufacturing
  25. Weibold Academy: Advantages and the current state of tire retreading industry
  26. Weibold Academy: Basics about rubberized asphalt
  27. Weibold Academy: What to consider before buying tire recycling equipment
  28. Weibold Academy: Tire recycling regulations in Europe
  29. Weibold Academy: Tire pyrolysis and heating oil
  30. Weibold Academy: Tire recycling needs more support from governments
  31. Weibold Academy: Advances in tire recycling technology
  32. Weibold Academy: Problems of tire disposal and how tire recycling business can improve environment
  33. Weibold Academy: how big is the global tire recycling market
  34. Weibold Academy: products from recycled tires which have great commercial potential
  35. Weibold Academy: what to consider when launching tire recycling business in developing countries
  36. Weibold Academy: tire pyrolysis fuel and emission standard developments
  37. Weibold Academy: how recycled tire-derived materials can improve properties of concrete
  38. Weibold Academy: applications of rubber mulch from recycled tires
  39. Weibold Academy: impact of alternative fuels in cement industry on tire collection and recycling in developing countries
  40. Weibold Academy: increasing profitability of recycling businesses with innovative rubber products
  41. Weibold Academy: Interdependence of rCB and oil production due to economic and regulatory constraints