A tyre recycling facility to be built at Kilburn will reuse up to 6,000 tyres a month, project developer Reclaim Industries said, wrote Cameron England in The Australian Financial Review (9/10/2007, p.34). Fed Govt support: Reclaim was one of nine companies which last week shared in the final $14 million slice of the Federal Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund for South Australia (IIFSA) funding. Reclaim would match the $567,500 government grant, to build a tyre recycling and re-processing plant. Reclaim Industries director for business development Chris Forester said the plant would produce a range of products. “At the new facility we will utilise a new process similar to others in Europe and the US for using granulated waste tyre rubber, waste plastic and waste paint to mould railway sleepers and other extremely durable products,” Forrester said.
Range of products: “We believe there is significant demand for this range of products both in Australia and abroad, potentially providing a new market for Reclaim products and an additional revenue stream for the company. South Australia produces around 1.4 million waste tyres every year and it is estimated that 15 per cent, or 210,000, of these are truck tyres.” Because there were no tyre recycling businesses operating in South Australia, the State Government has estimated that approximately 90 per cent of those tyres were disposed of as landfill, with around 7 per cent transferred interstate for recycling and the balance of 3 per cent either illegally dumped or stockpiled.
Starting 2008: The Kilburn plant would be Reclaim’s second Australian recycling facility. Construction of the plant was expected to start early next year.