Waste tire management companies are the main driving force for a circular economy in many countries. Over the past decade, there have been two main drivers of the growth of the used tyre management and repair industry. The first is increasingly stringent environmental protection regulations. The industry has actually arisen as a result of regulations enacted by governments to address the environmental issues of illegal dumping or hoarding of tires, a common tire disposal method in many developed and developing countries. The second major driver comes from companies trying to improve the viability of the industry by incentivizing end markets to use scrap tyre derivatives. In the past decade, considerable progress has been made in the management of used tyres in many countries. In 2016, more used tires were consumed on the market than ever before, thus avoiding landfill and inventory. In the global market, the two main markets for used tires are material recovery and energy recovery, which are expected to expand in the time frame from 2017 to 2022.

The main scrap tire market

Tyre derived fuel (TDF)Used tires provide a cleaner, more economical alternative to fuel for cement kilns, pulp and paper mills and power company boilers. TDF produces more heat than the same weight of coal, but has a smaller impact on greenhouse gases because the tire parts are made from natural rubber extracted from trees.

In 2017, 106 million tyres were used in the TDF market (more than 43% of the total used tyres produced each year), and it is set to grow as TDF improves quality and delivers reliably.

Ground rubber applications: Ground rubber is produced by grinding scrap tires into pieces of different sizes(Using a Harvest tire shredder machine). Metals and fabrics can be removed, and particle sizes can be used for specific applications. Its uses include: new rubber products, landscape mulch, rubber MATS and rubber-modified asphalt to make roads quieter and more durable.

In 2017, the ground rubber market consumed more than 25 percent of the country’s used tires (62 million), with playground, landscape, mulching and molding and extrusion products being the most dynamic segment.

Civil engineering: Tire fragments are increasingly being used in place of raw materials (such as sand, clay) for road and landfill construction, septic tank leaching, alternative daily coverings for landfills and many other construction applications. Benefits include vibration and sound control, as well as lightweight packing to prevent erosion and landslides. Tires also help drain septic tanks, leachate and landfill gas systems. In 2017, more than 19 million tires were consumed in the engineering market, accounting for about 7.9 percent of the total.

Other markets: The smaller market is responsible for about 7.4% of used tyres. These include tyres for the following purposes:

  • Electric arc furnace (steel manufacturing)
  • Land reclamation project
  • Tyre derived fuel exports
  • Products punched, pressed or stamped with used tires

Tyre shredding machine is a mechanical device used to cut tyre and rubber into either fine blocks or rubber powder. Due to steel wire and large volume, the whole tyre is difficult for processing directly. Therefore, tire shredder is needed for most tyre recycling project. It is an absolutely excellent pre-treatment device for further tyre recycling. Welcome to contact us to get tire recycling plant price!

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