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How a northern tyre processor leveraged govt grant to advance resource recovery

Australian Tyre Processors (ATP) has match funded a grant from Queensland Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP) resulting in $1.6m invested into the company’s new tyre processing plant.

The funds were used to procure new waste shredding technology UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e from which ATP director Mick Carroll said will advance ATP’s national resource recovery strategy.

According to Carroll, “It’s reported that, every year, 1.5 billion tyres reach their end of life globally. However, it is also feared that more than 60% are landfilled, stockpiled, illegally dumped or ‘lost’ from the resource chain. Australia accounts for 51 million of that vast figure, but only 5% of our country’s end-of-life tyres are recycled locally.

“This is therefore a significant waste problem, but also an opportunity, on both a national and international level,” he added.

The movable machine with two energy-efficient 132kW motors will be used to process car/passenger tyres down to a homogenous 50mm output. This resulting fraction will enable ATP to supply a thermal desorption process to create fuel oils, clean gas for electricity generation, steel and carbon, with no harmful emissions.

With the shredder also configured to handle truck tyres and pre-cut OTRs (off-the-road tyres), it will provide a flexible piece of processing equipment that can transform end-of-life tyres into other products that can be used for road base, tip cover, landscaping and playground safety surfaces.

UNTHA distributor Focus Enviro managing director Robbie McKernan said that the ATP team (which is part of Pearl Global) was well-placed to revolutionise tyre processing in Australia because they touch almost every element of the supply chain.

“Their pioneering mindset means they have turned a difficult waste challenge into a process with vast resource potential,” he said.