Construction is now well underway for an expansive new tire recycling plant in Perth, Australia, which will be able to handle extra-large tires such as those used on mining dump trucks.
The facility that is being established in joint development between Tytec Group and Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) will use GDT’s recycling technology, which turns end-of-life tires into oil, carbon and steel via a destructive distillation process.
The plant will be able to completely recycle the whole tires and not cut or crumb the rubber. It will have a capacity of 5,000 tonnes of OTR tires per year, which will amount to over two million liters of oil, approximately 2,000 tonnes of carbon and 1,000 tonnes of steel.
The actual cost of the plant is based on engineering estimates of US$8.5m and will be quantified once the final engineering and construction contracts have been determined. The OTR plant differs from a conventional passenger/truck tire recycling plant as the chamber will be 10 times larger and consequently the material cost will be significantly higher.
The facility was developed through more than 12 months of logistical research and development work undertaken at the Tytec Recycling R&D plant, which is a section of the GDT facility in Warren, New South Wales.