Common rubber products such as passenger and truck tyres, carpet underlay and even conveyor belts can be recycled into secondary products such as rubber flooring and matting.
Common rubber products such as passenger and truck tyres, carpet underlay and even conveyor belts can be recycled. Commercial recyclers will shred used rubber for making secondary products such as rubber flooring and matting, which uses less energy in the production process than using virgin material. Recycling tyres can prevent toxic chemicals from leaching into the soil and waterways in landfill, as well as the release of toxic gases from illegal tyre fires.
Conveyor belts are the second largest rubber waste stream in Australia. Conveyor belts can be reconditioned, reused or recycled to recover both rubber and steel. Diverting these large waste items from landfill helps to reduce demand on petroleum and rubber manufacturing.
Waste tyres are a major environmental concern with approximately 18 million waste tyres generated in Australia each year. Tyres are a valuable source of rubber that can be re-used or recycled to prevent litter, avoid fire hazards, save energy and prevent against environmental contamination
The life of truck tyres can be effectively extended through retreading or recycled rubber can be reused, reprocessed or hand crafted into new products, resulting in less waste and less environmental degradation.