MEDIA RELEASE 27 July
New environmental solutions will provide the jobs of tomorrow
It is becoming a cliché to say that the jobs of tomorrow will come from
technologies that have not yet been invented and it is also true to say that
many of these jobs will come from solutions to environmental problems that
mankind has created.
One new world-first Australian technology has emerged to solve a massive
worldwide environmental problem, what to do with end-of-life car and truck
Green Distillation Technologies has developed a process for recycling
end-of-life (ELTs) car and truck tyres into oil, carbon and steel and will
commence production later this year at their plant in Warren, Western New South
where they have been running trials since 2009, are planning another facility in
Northern Tasmania which they expect to have operating in June 2016 and have
plans for six more plants in Australia.
They face a daunting task as no one knows how many old tyres there are around
the world. For example, the recent Hyder Report indicated that 51 million end of
life tyres entered the Australian waste stream in 2013-14 and only 5 per cent
were recovered locally.
Of that total, 32 percent were exported where they are mainly used as furnace
fuel for brick making in China and Vietnam with the smoke going to the
atmosphere, which is an environmental disaster.
In addition to those numbers, there are dumps, legal and otherwise of old tyres
around Australia. There is one in Stawell, Victoria where there is estimated to
be nine to ten million old tyres and there is a stockpile in Northern Tasmania
of 1.3 million.
Earlier this year Green Distillation Technologies discovery was recognised when
they received a bronze medal in the Edison Awards, which are the world's top
competition for innovation. They were the first Australian company to be invited
This brought the process to the attention of the United States where they have a
similar problem with end-of-life tyres.
It is estimated that they would initially require 30 GDT tyre recycling plants
and even then these would only process approximately 18 per cent of the 250
million end of life tyres generated in the US each year.
Recycling a typical end-of-life 10 kg car tyre will yield 4kg of carbon, 1.5kg
of steel and 4 litres of oil while a 70kg truck tyre will provide 28 kg of
carbon, 11 kg of steel and 28 litres of oil.
The giant tyres used in mining dump trucks are currently disposed by being
buried in old mines but with the proviso that they must be marked with map
coordinates and dug up when they can be satisfactorily recycled. When that
occurs a typical 3000 kg tyre will yield 1200 kgs of carbon, 600 kg of steel and
1250 litres of oil.
The oil produced from the GDT process can be used as a heating fuel, direct into
some stationary diesel engines or is capable of further refinement into
automotive or aviation fuels, while the carbon is a high grade product that can
replace those sourced from fossil fuels and the steel is returned directly to
tyre manufacturers for reuse.
The process is a closed loop and therefore is emission free and the recycled oil
is used as the production heat source.
It is the only process available in the world that remanufactures the rubber
from old tyres into a different energy form as most other recycling methods
merely change the shape or appearance of the rubber through slicing or grinding.
About Green Distillation Technologies
GDT is an Australian company which has developed technology to recycle
end-of-life tyres into carbon, oil and steel.
Released for Green Distillation Technologies by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Dennis Rutzou on 0411 510 888.