Environmental Planning and Waste Management Sydney

New Crumb Rubber Production Facility to Boost Tyre Recycling in Sydney

Recycling of end of life truck and bus tyres is set to increase with an approval of a 20,000 tonne per annum crumb rubber production facility in Sydney’s West. The planning approval and EPA licensing of the development project has been led by Jackson Environment and Planning Pty Ltd.

The state-of-the-art facility located at 191 Arthur St, Homebush West has been approved by the Sydney City Regional Planning Panel. The approval allows the site operator, Australian Tyre Recyclers to fit out an existing industrial warehouse and conduct other site upgrades. The facility receives, stores and processes end of life tyres. These tyres are processed into full recyclable materials which are used in manufacturing new products. The process is conducted completely indoors to ensure that the environment is protected at all times.

The crumb rubber, being the main output from the plant, will be used in rubberised playground surfacing and in asphalt production. Rubber playgrounds are common in that they provide a soft surface for children to play on, and require very little maintenance. The crumb rubber is coloured and glued to provide a soft and almost maintenance free surface in playgrounds.

Steel wire separated from the tyres will be sent to steel mills to make new steel. And the cotton and nylon lining inside the tyres will be used in glue production.

The facility will include a semi-automated processing line, which will size reduce tyres, granulate the rubber, screening into different particle size fractions, and will separate the steel wire and cotton/nylon for recycling. Product is stored in bulka bags and is sent off site for manufacturing into a range of products.

The team at Jackson Environment and Planning Ltd led the designated development planning application, including management of architectural, engineering, air quality, noise, waste management, fire safety, water impacts, transport and traffic engineering and town planning. We also led and secured the EPA licence for the site.

In NSW in 2018/19, Tyre Stewardship Australia estimate that 450,000 tonnes of end of life tyres are produced in Australia, with 69% being recovered. Each year, about 130,000 tonnes of tyres are disposed to landfill or on-site, and a further 13,000 tonnes are dumped or stockpiled[1]. This data shows that there is still a lot of work to do to recover tyres and return them to the productive economy.

Australian Tyre Recycler’s tyre recycling operation will help boost the recycling of tyres, divert them from landfill and ensure that tyre products manufactured can help domestic manufacturing and the local circular economy. The project will also assist the NSW Government to meet recycling targets as defined in the NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014-2021. The operation will create new jobs and will inject $150M into Western Sydney economy over the next 20 years.

If you need to recycle truck or bus tyres, please contact Mr Zaheer Alvi, CEO, Australia Tyre Recyclers on 0418 260 833 or 02 8094 8602 or info@atr.eco.

To see how we can help you to gain approvals and licenses to build your industrial facility, please contact us on (02) 8056 1849 or email us at admin@jacksonenvironment.com.au. More info at http://www.jacksonenvironment.com.au.

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