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Scrap tyres saved from landfill to build new Perth Stadium

Nov 2016

Tyrecycle, is helping build the new billion-dollar Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct by re-purposing thousands of scrap tyres in the form of recycled rubber granules.

The company, which has processing facilities in all states of Australia, including Perth, converts end-of-life tyres, otherwise destined for landfill, into recycled rubber products.

Tyrecycle controls the end of life destinations of all its products, to ensure the full chain of custody in its recycling processes.

“We’re continually finding opportunities in civil construction applications to utilise recycled rubber product from waste

tyres. Tyrecycle’s involvement in Perth Stadium is an example of how innovation can help protect the environment,” said Tyrecycle Chief Executive Officer, Jim Fairweather.

“We’ve delivered 50 tonnes of 3-5mm recycled rubber granules from our production facility, to be used in the stadium build,” he said.

“The product is being used to counteract soil movement and is being placed around the footings to stabilise the foundation of the 60,000 seat stadium and reduce any future cracking.”

Tyrecycle operates Australia’s largest processing plant in Victoria where waste tyres collected from across the country are recycled into rubber granules of varying size for different use.

The rubber granule products are produced from 100% recycled truck tyres and go through a specialised manufacturing process to remove metal, stone, glass, wood and fabric materials to be reused in the construction, manufacturing and automotive industries.

“Our products, which are fit for purpose, are becoming increasingly popular as alternative construction materials, reflecting their quality, cost effectiveness and environmental credentials,” Mr Fairweather says.

“Tyrecycle also supplies recycled rubber granules and crumb for professional athletics tracks and other sporting surfaces as well as asphalt for roads, while tyres are chipped and used as drainage aggregates in the construction of drains and embankments.”

Perth Stadium is a Green Star project, certified under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Green Star rating system for its reduced environmental impact.

“Tyrecycle is all about stopping tyres and other rubber products including conveyor belts being sent to landfill or whole-baled tyres going offshore,” said Mr Fairweather

“Thousands of tonnes of waste tyres are illegally dumped every year, costing millions of dollars annually to remove, while also producing health hazards.

“Even the smallest number of dumped tyres can create a dangerous breeding ground for mosquitoes that transport diseases such as Dengue Fever and Ross River Virus and tyres are combustible, so once they’re ignited, they are difficult to extinguish.

“Every tyre that is dumped, burnt or landfilled leaches significant toxins and hazardous compounds into our environment,” he said.

Tyrecycle continues to work with government and industry to increase awareness of the importance of tyre recycling and associated product developments.

“We are committed to discovering new applications for scrap tyres to reduce the number of tyres entering waste streams and landfills.”

The new Perth Stadium will open for the start of the 2018 AFL season.