Waste tire recycling

Gumiimpex-GRP PLC  is the first company in Croatia to start the waste (used) vehicle tire recycling business, in 2005.The main goal is to reduce the impact on the environment by reusing valuable properties of rubber. Thereby Croatia joins the countries that are trying to organize a quality waste tire management.

Using modern technologies, through processing of old, used tires we are able to produce granulate of various sizes, whose later use is present in numerous industries: construction, infrastructure, transport, agriculture (cattle industry and horticulture), on sports fields and urban recreational areas, children’s playgrounds and rehabilitation centres.

Capacity
The annual processing capacity of the waste tire recycling plant is some 25,000 tons of all types of used tires (car and truck tires, van, cargo and bus tires, agricultural machine, tractor and forklift, etc.) 85.000 m2 of infrastructure-supported land was used for constructing production plants with a total surface of 12.500 m2 and an additional 12.000 m2 incoming tire storage area.
Collecting waste tires
In Croatia, waste tires are being collected by authorized regional collector agents. Interested parties may bring their used tires to the waste tire recycling plant every workday from 7 AM to 4 PM. All types of transport tires are permitted – those used on vehicles and working machines (passenger car and truck tires, van and bus tires, agricultural machine, tractor and forklift tires, airplanes, etc…).
Waste tire recycling
Tire recycling is one of so-called sustainable development activities, since it uses used products to make new products of value.. Products obtained at through the processing of old tires may be used in manufacture of a large number of new products. It is important to mention that used tires can be fully recycled, and their chemical and physical characteristics make them valuable raw materials.

Through the use of mechanical recycling, tires are first ripped to larger pieces (shreds and chips) and then, using gradual fragmentation, go through a separation process leading to separated primary tire components – rubber, steel and textiles. Research shows that the mechanical waste tire recycling process is by far friendlier to the environment and the nature than the process of burning them as an energy source. Natural resources are best protected by recycling tires through the re-use of rubber granulate, i.e. entering the usage cycle once again.

 


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