Best Practice in Rubber
Each year more than 1 billion scrap tires are produced globally. During the average life of a tire, only 20% of the rubber is used, leaving a staggering number with nowhere to go. But for Tyromer, these end-of-life tires are really a renewable resource.
Since there are limited uses for scrap tires, we burn nearly half of them for their fuel value. Besides posing environmental air quality hazards, burning only recovers a small portion of the energy that went into making these tires’ rubber.
Now with our environmentally-friendly rubber devulcanization technology, scrap tire rubber can be recycled into a new, versatile, high quality rubber master-batch material – Tire-Derived Polymer, or TDP. Unlike most reclaimed rubbers, Tyromer’s process does not use any devulcanization chemicals. In fact, there are no additives at all and the process is energy efficient.
As of January 2022, Tyromer is nearing completion on a 3rd party Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) which will be available soon.
Today, close to 50% of global scrap / end-of-life tires are used as Tire-Derived Fuel (TDF) for energy recovery via incineration. As illustrated in the Recycling Pyramid below, energy recovery is the lowest form of recycling.
Because our TDP can be reused for its originally intended purpose, it represents the highest form of recycling. Our devulcanization technology enables scrap tire management agencies to implement “Best Practice” policies in managing this enormous renewable resource.
While use of Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP) is also high on the pyramid, devulcanized material is able to be loaded in higher amounts compared to MRP in tires. The Tyromer devulcanization technology will enable tire and rubber goods manufacturers to further reduce their carbon footprints.
For sustainability, we must all Tread Lightly™.
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Devulcanization represents the ‘Best Practice’ in scrap tire recycling, where old material is reused in its original application.
INDUSTRY REPORTS & DATA
April 12, 2021 – A Final Report on Exploring the Circular Economy for Rubber in Canada was completed by Dillon Consulting & Oakdene Hollins Consulting.
In this impartial report for the Canadian government, Tyromer is mentioned numerous times as a company already involved in cleantech tire recycling to support the Circular Economy. One of the conclusions Dillon and Oakdene mention is that use, and potential use, of devulcanized or recycled rubber is increasing.
March 1, 2021 – The US Tire Manufacturer’s Association has shared their updated 2021 Scrap Tire Vision.
Although from back in 2016, this Ernst & Young report on the socio-economic impact of truck tyre retreading in Europe still holds weight today. It is clear that retreading is a beneficial activity that should be maximized in order to promote a Circular Economy and extend tire life.