An Australian company has come up with a plan for recycled tyres that could blow you away – literally!
Blew Chip are developing a project to replace the diesel fuel element of ammonium nitrate explosives with the discarded rubber.
Old tyres are commonly shredded, often to a fraction of a millimetre, to make soft surfaces for playground equipment, tile adhesive grouts and bitumen.
However, David Mohr, chief executive of Blue Chip, is optimistic this venture will help unearth another profitable use for recycled tyres.
He said: “Creating an end use for the raw material – that’s what it’s about.
“Governments like to use words like ‘resource recovery’ and all sorts of buzz words, but what it comes down to is you’ve got to find a need to use it.
“There’s a limit to how many playgrounds you can put down.”
The Ipswich company is the first to experiment with the substitution of rubber for diesel since Rio Tinto did it unsuccessfully about 18 years ago.
Mr Mohr said the difference this time was that his company was using a polymer that helped the rubber mix readily with ammonium nitrate to make explosives for the mining industry.
“It performs quite a lot better than diesel,” Mr Mohr said of the finely shredded rubber mulch.
“There’s a broad claim that it is about 20 per cent more efficient, but there is more research to be done.”
Oliver Hall, Operations Team