Recycle Tyres: Can Old Tyres Be Made Into Building Products?
In recent blogs we have covered two main themes – the first is the ongoing crisis in the Australian waste and recycling sector and the second is using recycling materials for building and infrastructure projects on a large scale. Today – we we look at whether we can recycle tyres in the same way.
One benefit of the crisis in recycling is that we are looking for and finding new opportunities and solutions for recycling. There is nothing like a crisis to focus the mind.
As the solution needs to be on a massive scale – using recycling and waste products to build roads, buildings and other large scale infrastructure is one way of using vast amounts of product – that otherwise would end up in landfill or maybe be incinerated!
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A new way to recycle tyres in Australia
We were reading on the ABC about a Gold Coast based business that is using old tyres to create rubber bricks and other useful products.
“One solution is to shred tyres and turn them into existing products such as playground equipment and gym matting.”
“Adrian Fuller, who owns Adrian’s Metal Recyclers at Molendinar said he would be the first in Australia to convert finely crumbed rubber into fire retardant bricks, pavers, fence panels and sound barriers, having just secured the patent from Canadian company Eco-Flex.”
“Mr Fuller said he would be the first in Australia to convert finely crumbed rubber into fire retardant bricks, pavers, fence panels and sound barriers, having just secured the patent from Canadian company Eco-Flex.”
Just as with the well documented issues with glass recycling – recycling commodities are being stockpiled – hoping on a market turnaround or being landfilled.
“But Mr Fuller said he was confident of finding a market for the products and his aim would be to help reduce Australia’s mounting stockpiles of used tyres.”
“There are instances where people are renting big blocks of land all over Australia and just taking over a million tyres, or 500,000 tyres, and just storing them there and just walking away from the lease,” he said.
The crisis is biting hard – but people are coming up with new and innovative ways to boost recycling.
We will keep you updated with all the latest trends and info.