New tyre recycling business in Victoria will provide long-term growth and exports
The new owner of Stawell’s nine million tyre stockpile, Used Tyre Recycling Corporation (UTRC), is keen to start the shredding process having just purchased a $250,000 tyre shredder.
Dr Matthew Starr, CEO of UTRC, said they were working well with authorities such as the EPA, CFA, and Powercor, and have invested considerable resources to help make the site more secure and reduce its fire risk.
“Within the next 12 months we expect to have invested $10 million in infrastructure in Stawell. We are very serious about reducing the stockpile and as soon as our processing plant is operational, we will be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to do just this.
“Our first step is to get the shredder installed and three phase power connected to the site. We are pleased that the Northern Grampians Shire Council is supporting us to facilitate the permits needed for this to happen.
“The benefits to the Stawell community are going to be enormous,” said Starr. “As soon as we start shredding we will employ eight full time workers, ramping up to 50 full time staff when the complete processing plant is operational.”
The technology UTRC is employing is based around a patented tyre pyrolysis technique that was developed in Canada and is now owned by UTRC. The principle of the pyrolysis plant to be installed on site is a vacuum chamber that heats shredded rubber to 900 degrees centigrade. There is no unusable waste from the process that produces an abundant supply of recycled resources primarily comprising carbon black and through an oil distillation process, auto-quality diesel. UTRC is also collaborating with RMIT University on technical matters.
“The technology is so good that the activated carbon black we produce approaches virgin carbon black material and we plan to use the diesel on site to fuel vehicles and other engines. Importantly, there will be zero emissions and minimal noise from our operation.”
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