We Check Out The Tyre Recycling Process: Tyre Recycling Australia
Tyre Recycling Australia : On average, your tyres will last you around 6 to 10 years – according to industry standards. By the time that more than 6 years have passed, you should check your tyres and look for signs of tyre aging.
Signs of tyre aging include seeing the exterior rubber beginning to change over time due to frequent usage and other environmental impacts, along with certain conditions when storing. In addition, you will even see signs of tyre aging without using the vehicle!
Regardless of how good a driver you are, you have around 6 years to a decade before tyre wear finally gets you and your vehicle. By that time, you should definitely look to change your tyres.
But, we will not focus on that! After all, we are a waste management company – not a company focused on vehicles and tyres. Instead, we will put our focus on what you should do with your tyres at the end of their useful lives. Is tyre recycling possible in Australia? Do we have any processes for it in current time? Let us take a look and see!
Short answer: definitely! You can recycle tyres here in Australia, wherein you have a lot of options.
– Mr Waster
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Defining tyre recycling
We cover the recycling of car and vehicle tyres today. Note: Waster does not offer tyre recycling Australia services and provides this article for information purposes only.
According to Wikipedia “Tire recycling, or rubber recycling, is the process of recycling waste tires that are no longer suitable for use on vehicles due to wear or irreparable damage. These tires are a problematic source of waste, due to the large volume produced, the durability of the tires, and the components in the tire that are ecologically problematic. Because they are highly durable and non-biodegradable, they can consume valued space in landfills. In 1990, it was estimated that over 1 billion scrap tires were in stockpiles in the United States.”
Tyre recycling Australia: how the process works
Tyrecycle operates in Australia providing tyre recycling services for all brands and tyre sizes, which includes Goodyear and Pirelli tyres. This ensures that the environmental impact of the waste stream is minimised.
The government estimates that around the equivalent of 51+ million passenger tyres reach the end of their life each year and that less than 5% of waste tyres (8 million pa) are recovered and properly managed within Australia.
The Tyrecycle website provides a detailed description of the raw material recovery and recycling step process including:
- COLLECTION AND SORTING
- SHREDDING IN-SITU, SHEAR OR GUILLOTINE FOR SAFER HANDLING (OTR ONLY)
- TDF AND GRANULATION FEEDSTOCK
- OTR AND CONVEYOR BELT TDF SHIPPED BY ALTERNATIVE FUEL END USERS
- TDF BENEFICIALLY RE-USED TO REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL CONSUMPTION
Tyre Stewardship Australia: working with the Australian Government in tyre recycling
Want to learn more about tyre recycling retailers in Australia?
One of the biggest tyre recycling schemes in Australia is Tyre Steward Australia, abbreviated to TSA. In recent years, all governments have worked with the tyre industry to establish this scheme in the hopes of increasing the number of tyres recycled in Australia and the use of products made with recycled material.
So, should you want to recycle your old tyres and want to do so in a place near you, find TSA-accredited tyre retailers near you today!
The reason to recycle tyres
Why do we stress tyre recycling? Here are some of the reasons:
- We save up on natural resources. Old tyres contain valuable materials suitable for either reuse, recycling or waste-to-energy (WtE) options.
- Stocking them in one area means danger. They are flammable and can spread toxic gases if burned.
- As a result of the toxic gases mentioned above, tyres can easily compromise human health. In addition, they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other vermin such as rats when stockpiled, therefore becoming a health risk.
Takeaway on tyre recycling in Australia
Recycling tyres is a vital business. Otherwise, they would end up in landfill. Many new environmentally friendly processes are coming on stream – and even some will turn used tyres into fuel for vehicles! See our related blogs on topics such as glass recycling and recycling plastic. Please take a look at another one of our blogs on whether or not you can build a house from recyclable materials in Perth.
Also, check out a video below on what goes on inside a tyre recycling plant that handles every tyre brand:
In other news
In some of the blogs we have covered, there have been 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 look at whether or not 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 on.
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!
A new tyre recycling process in Australia
We were reading on 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 for 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.