What can we get from end-of-life tires?

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Marco Zoccarato Forrec


Marco Zoccarato
CEO & Sales Managing Director
Linkedin Marco Zoccarato

Luisa Macchion Forrec


Luisa Macchion
FOR REC Marketing Manager
Linkedin Luisa Macchion

Forrec designs and manufactures tailor-made systems for the correct disposal of end-of-life tires. This allows you to obtain secondary raw materials of different grain sizes (mainly rubber, steel and textile fibers) or to produce TDF (Tire Derived Fuel). The calorific value of ELTs is equal to that of coal, but with much lower climate-altering emissions.

End of life tires and environmental impact

impianto trattamento pneumatici

When a tire no longer guarantees safe and efficient performance to a vehicle, it becomes waste. It must therefore be collected for recovery and recycling, which takes place in special plants.

The treatment of end-of-life tires has always been a problem in all areas of the world. From the most industrialized areas, where the presence of many vehicles determines the presence of large quantities of waste, to the more remote areas where, unfortunately, this type of hazardous waste is stored in large abandoned areas with harmful consequences for the environment and the health of people.

Forrec and the treatment of ELTs


Thanks to Forrec systems it is possible to obtain a rubber granule with a size between 0.8 and 4 mm. This allows you to create innovative and eco-sustainable products that find application in very different sectors: from building products (e.g. panels for acoustic insulation and vibration damping) and for sports (e.g. football fields, multipurpose sports floors) to application for animal welfare.

Recycled rubber is also used in the building sector, where it is used in the production of asphalt, cycle paths, street furniture and elements for road safety, and in the creation of modern design objects.

Over time, however, we have noticed that the supply of granules of this size is much higher than the demand and sometimes the market value does not justify the investment in a plant of this type. For this reason, especially in some specific geographical areas, Forrec has activated projects aimed at obtaining a shredded rubber granule of reduced dimensions, usable as a high-efficiency fuel (given the high calorific value of rubber). Energy recovery from ELT-derived materials is mainly carried out in cement factories, whose high operating temperatures guarantee compliance with the emission limits and make it possible to make the most of the high calorific value of rubber, comparable to that of pet-coke.

The TX1600 shredder

trituratore TX1600

In the treatment of end-of-life tires destined for the production of TDF (Tire Derived Fuel), the most delicate phase is that of primary shredding. This treatment requires, in fact, that the output product has a well-defined dimensions and is not frayed. To meet the specific needs of this market segment, Forrec has developed the TX1600 shredder, which combines excellent performance, productivity and excellent ratio with production costs.

Here below you will find a brief recap of the content presented in the webinar