Australian company first for recycling tractor tyres


Tytec Recycling, a new company based in Perth, Western Australia has announced the world’s first environmentally friendly OTR tyre recycling. Source: AFDJ eNews

This innovative process consumes less energy and results in extremely low emissions and a safer work environment for system operators.

Tyre recycling has always been difficult but it’s been nearly impossible for off the road (OTR) tyres used in mining and agriculture.

Tytec Recycling, a new company launching in Perth, has developed an innovative solution to address the disposal of worn OTR tyres.

Using Edison Award-winning technology from Green Distillation Technologies Corporation (GDTC), Tytec Recycling offers a one-step process to convert OTR tyres into high-quality steel, diesel oil and carbon.

“We’ve been working on a way to efficiently recycle OTR tyres for the past nine years,” said Brett Fennell, chairman of Tytec Recycling.

“Tytec Recycling is collaborating with GDTC to establish an environmentally friendly way to turn old earthmoving tyres into a renewable energy source.”

Currently, used OTR tyres are buried under mining dumps or stacked in EPA-approved areas around mine sites.

“There are plenty of ways to break down tyres but none of them are effective for OTR tyres,” said Mr Fennell.

Most tyre recycling requires up to six steps, including removing the steel beading from tyres, cutting the tyres into small pieces, then shredding or grinding the tyre cuttings.

The final step in the recycling preparation is to perform magnetic sorting to remove any remaining steel for crumb rubber sales.

Crumb rubber is commonly used in athletic surfaces, playgrounds and equestrian footings.

In order to extract oil and carbon from old tyres, an additional process is required using pyrolysis reactors.

The current recycling process is time-consuming, energy intensive and expensive. The larger the tyre, the more costly, maintenance intensive and difficult each step becomes.

“The Destructive Distillation process used by Tytec Recycling allows a whole OTR tyre to be recycled in a single step,” said Mr Fennell.

“We’re using continuous heating technology that’s incredibly energy efficient and results in extremely low emissions.

“Our reactors operate at a much lower temperature and pressure, providing the added advantage of being safer for system operators and reducing the wear and tear on the plant.”

The result from the distillation process is reclaimed steel, carbon, and diesel of saleable quality.

Tytec Recycling holds an exclusive global technology license for the Destructive Distillation process for OTR and agricultural tyres, allowing them to provide the most environmentally friendly OTR tyre recycling in the world.

All emissions meet or exceed EEA, EPA and DER standards and approvals.

“We’re currently on track to begin OTR recycling in June 2016 and will open our purpose-built recycling centre in Perth in January 2017, then Queensland soon after,” Mr Fennell said.