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New industry, new technology for waste tyres

New industry, new technology for waste tyres

Nov 10, 2014

In line with providing technologically advanced business solutions, the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), has started to roll out the use of balers at two of the 23 operational depots – the first time that balers are being used for waste tyre management in the African market.

Stacking and transporting waste tyres is particularly difficult due to the size and weight, and balers are assisting by ensuring that these tyres can be easily loaded, transported and stored. This is achieved by compressing the waste tyres into blocks which are easily loaded with a forklift, and stacked on transporter trucks. Due to the increased space available, a truck can take 34 tonnes of baled tyres, in comparison to 15-18 tonnes of unprocessed tyres.

Viability of the depots rests on the ability to function as effectively as possible. Depots with balers have the benefit of including more waste tyres in a load – ultimately reducing carbon emissions as fewer loads are required, and increasing its capacity to take on additional tyres regularly. There is also a significant reduction of storage space required, resulting in smaller, easily managed and more central premises.

Currently, balers are running at the Vissershoek and Pretoria East depots. By the end of September, four more balers were brought into the country for use in Durban, Ladysmith, Pretoria and Bloemfontein, and plans are in place to roll out more around the country at a later stage.

In South Africa, it is estimated that we have millions of waste tyres lying in dumps and stockpiles or scattered across the country in residential, industrial and rural areas. Almost 10 million waste tyres are added to this number every year.  While some of these waste tyres make their way to recycling facilities via formal and informal networks of collectors, many of them are burned for their scrap metal content, releasing toxic fumes and liquids in the process.

REDISA has been operational for over a year, and it has achieved a number of milestones. REDISA has continued to develop the required infrastructure to set up a new tyre recycling industry, and in turn create jobs nationally.

To date, REDISA has opened 23 depots across the country, created 1503 jobs and currently collects waste tyres from 1292 dealers.

If you would like to learn more about REDISA and how you can turn waste in to worth please contact REDISA at  / +27 87 35-REUSE (73873)

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