Australian Tyre Processors (ATP) has invested in cutting edge new waste shredding technology, as it advances its national resource recovery strategy.
ATP – part of Pearl Global – has procured the UNTHA XR3000C mobil-e, from waste management equipment specialist Focus Enviro – the exclusive Australian distribution partner for the global shredding giant.
The movable machine with two energy-efficient 132-kilowatt motors will be used to process car/passenger tyres down to a homogenous 50-millimetre output. This resulting fraction – produced to an exacting specification – enables 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), the XR3000C 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.
The purchase follows a 2019 Queensland Government grant, which ATP match funded, making a $1.6 million total investment into the company’s new tyre processing plant.
Commenting on the opportunities associated with such innovative tyre processing, ATP director and owner director of Carroll Tyres, Mick Carroll says, “It is reported that, every year, 1.5 billion tyres reach their end of life globally. However, it is also feared that more than 60 percent are landfilled, stockpiled, illegally dumped or ‘lost’ from the resource chain. Australia accounts for 51 million of that vast figure, but only five percent 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.”
Focus Enviro’s managing director Robbie McKernan explains, “Carroll’s team is expertly placed to revolutionise tyre processing in Australia, because it touches almost every element of the supply chain. Its pioneering mindset – not to mention its grasp of the commercial and environmental benefits of this circular business model – means it has turned a difficult waste challenge into a process with vast resource potential.”
Offering a concluding insight into the capabilities of the XR3000C shredder, Gary Moore, UNTHA’s director of Global Business Development, says, “This mobile machine is designed to process even the most complex of products, in order to liberate the valuable materials that could so easily remain ‘locked’ inside and be sent to landfill.
“With the world’s raw materials rapidly depleting – and businesses and consumers alike demanding more environmentally responsible solutions – this is a fantastic example of clever engineering and innovative thinking coming together to change the face of the industry.”