Green Distillation Technologies is aiming to bring its first tyre recycling plant at Warren, NSW up to full production following the recent award of an Environmental Protection Licence by the New South Wales EPA.
The original plant design was for six tyre-processing modules, but to date only one module has been constructed as a test facility. The next step is the immediate build of modules two and three.
According to GDT Chief Operating Officer Trevor Bayley: “We already have the bits and pieces to build these two modules while we raise capital to build the other three and achieve the capacity to process approximately 700,000 old tyres per year into eight million litres of oil, 7700 tonnes of carbon black and 2000 tonnes of steel, which represents approximately 4% of the end-of-life tyres that are generated in Australia each year.
“We see the permission as the reward for over 4 years of persistent effort to correct something that should have never happened as we were ‘collateral damage’ when the regulations were changed in 2015 and the use of the word ‘energy’ was one of the problems as in the context of the new regulation it was taken to mean ‘electricity’.
“Our energy production comes in the form of oil and carbon which are both commodities very high in energy content.
“Being a new regulation the NSW EPA had to let it run its course and to their credit, the personnel within the EPA have always given us the impression that they were doing their best to accommodate us but they had other priorities and our small voice was not getting through.
“The potential for a higher judicial authority to be called upon to make a judgement on the issue brought them back to the table in a more constructive frame of mind and the licence was finally able to be granted."
GDT’s tyre recycling process is pioneering technology and Warren is the first of seven plants planned for Australia as well as several more around the world.
Says Bayley, “Already we have environmental permission from the Queensland Government and Development Approval from the Toowoomba Regional Council for a plant in their area and we have enquiries from several other regional centres of significant tyre collection importance.
“The most significant benefit of the Environmental Protection Licence for a small start-up business like GDT trying to build a presence in what is now a competitive tyre recycling marketplace, is that of removal of risk, as this allows the entry of a cornerstone investor and the subsequent funding to roll out the second plant.”
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