Tyrecycle secures grant to boost tyre processing in Tasmania

tyre processing Tasmania

Shredded end-of-life tyres will no longer have to be transferred interstate after Tyrecycle secured a $1.27 million Waste Tyre Processing Grant to boost tyre processing in Tasmania.

The grant, announced at last week’s Tasmanian Waste and Resource Recovery Forum, will be used to upgrade Tyrecycle’s facility in Bridgewater to produce tyre-derived fuel.

Nick Duigan, Minister for Parks and Environment toured the Bridgewater facility last week.

Previously, end-of-life tyres collected from around Tasmania were shredded in Tasmania to a large size, which then required more processing in Melbourne.

“Because of this grant, the upgraded facility at Bridgewater will create a value-added product that can be used as an alternative fuel for coal in a range of industrial processes, such as cement production,” Duigan said.

“Due to the high energy content of tyres, when tyre derived fuel is used in place of coal it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 30 per cent. This will help reduce Tasmanian carbon emissions and provide a more sustainable use for the 650,000 end-of-life car tyres collected each year in the state.”

The grant is part of the government’s $3 million Waste Tyre Reprocessing Grant Program, established to help find sustainable uses for end-of-life tyres in Tasmania.

As the largest tyre recycler in Australia, Tyrecycle has extensive experience in providing tyre derived fuel to industry across the world.

“The upgrades bring confidence for the local business, providing job certainty for Tyrecycles employees, a key part of our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future,” Duigan said.

The use of tyre-derived fuel in any Tasmanian facility would be subject to relevant planning and environmental approvals.

For more information, visit: www.premier.tas.gov.au

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