Waste & Resource Recovery

Tyre recycling facilities to grow Qld and NSW economy, and minimise waste

A tyre recycler has received environmental approval for a Warren plant in NSW, and building development approval for a proposed Toowoomba plant in Queensland, which will bring new employment and improved recycling capabilities to these areas.

Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) aims to expand the tonnage of tyres it can process at its Warren site in NSW to 25,000. It also hopes to employ up to 18 people full-time in its facility, as well as local contractors during the construction phase. Further jobs will also be created in the transport associated with collection of old tyres from retailers and outlets.

GDT’s CEO Trevor Bayley said the NSW Environment Licence was issued under a new regulation that recognised the uniqueness of its process, while the Toowoomba Development Approval came from the Toowoomba Regional Council and included all the other government approvals needed to move ahead and build the plant.

“After that, the final hurdle we face is the Queensland government resource recovery grant that we have applied for to help us fund the $10 million construction bill. Once that comes through, we’ll start preparatory work on the site within two months of the announcement,” Bayley said.

The oil obtained from the recycling of old tyres in the plants will go to the newly built Northern Oil refinery at Gladstone, North Queensland where it will be a vital raw material in the Queensland government’s plan to create an environmental fuels hub.

“The oil is regarded by Northern Oil as light crude that is low in sulphur and easy to refine into petrol, diesel or jet fuel. GDT has a firm contract from them to take all the oil we produce anywhere in Australia and this also applies to oil from our plant in Warren,” Bayley said.

“With our application to the local council for a permit to expand the tonnage of tyres we can process at Warren; we are confident that the request will be granted soon as we have enjoyed an excellent cooperative relationship with the Warren Shire Council for around 10 years.

“In the case of our Toowoomba facility, we see that we can play a key role in their plans to develop the area as a major road and rail transport hub as recycling the old truck tyres will be a vital component of this.”

The tyre recycling plant will be built at the Wellcamp Business Park, near Toowoomba Airport and when completed will process approximately 700,000 old tyres per year into eight million litres of oil, 7,700 tonnes of carbon black and 2,000 tonnes of steel.