It’s time to expand to the European market, says Australian tyre recycling technology expert Green Distillation Technologies. The company has developed technology to turn end-of-life tyres (ELTs) into refinery-ready oil, carbon and steel.
GDT ceo Trevor Bayley is prompted by Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) who recently stated that only 42% of the 12 million tonnes of ELTs generated in Europe each year are recycled. ‘In addition, there is waning interest in crumbing tyres for sporting field infill, as well as a potential ban on this use and the fact that we offer a much better and environmentally sympathetic tyre recycling alternative,’ he says.
GDT is busy starting up its first two Australian recycling facilities, one in western New South Wales, another in southern Queensland. The company has plans for five other plants and ‘is in negotiations to finalise agreements’ for facilities in the US, UK and South Africa. Each plant will have a capacity to process 19 300 tonnes of ELTs comprising a mix of passenger car, 4WD and truck tyres.