Disposing of tires has historically been very challenging due to the worldwide volume, rubber’s robust durability, and the ecological implications of tires in landfills. In years past, billions of tires historically filled landfills, yet as of 2015, less than 75 million tires remain in U.S. stockpiles. The European Union has done an outstanding job of recycling used tired, with most used for energy in cement manufacturing. Thanks to advances in pyrolysis technology, it is now possible to completely reduce a tire to its basic components – carbon black, steel, fiber, crumb rubber and oils. This method for recycling used tires involves the tire or its shred, being put into an oxygen free reactor where the rubber is softened, and the rubber polymers break down into smaller molecules.
There have been many advances in recycling tires, plastics and other historically problematic waste. Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms have experts in waste to energy, recycling, biofuels and specialties in biomaterials, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, and biotechnologies. In larger consulting groups, one will also find expertise in more unique specialties like renewable natural gas, algae biofuels, aviation/biojet fuels, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable and biochemicals, biogas, syngas, biochar, bio coals, biobutanol, pyrolysis oil, producer gas, and wood pellets.
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