New industry means new technology for waste tyres | Infrastructure news

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For the first time the Recycling and Economic initiative of South Africa (REDISA) is using balers to meets its mandate of clearing tyre waste through the development of a new tyre recycling industry.

In line with providing technologically advanced business solutions, the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), has started to roll out the use of balers at two of the 23 operational depots – the first time that balers are being used for waste tyre management in the African market.

Stacking and transporting waste tyres is particularly difficult due to the size and weight, and balers are assisting by ensuring that these tyres can be easily loaded, transported and stored. This is achieved by compressing the waste tyres into blocks which are easily loaded with a forklift, and stacked on transporter trucks. Due to the increased space available, a truck can take 34 tonnes of baled tyres, in comparison to 15-18 tonnes of unprocessed tyres.

Viability of the depots rests on the ability to function as effectively as possible. Depots with balers have the benefit of including more waste tyres in a load – ultimately reducing carbon emissions as fewer loads are required, and increasing its capacity to take on additional tyres regularly. There is also a significant reduction of storage space required, resulting in smaller, easily managed and more central premises.

Balers are running at the Vissershoek and Pretoria East depots as well as at sites in Durban, Ladysmith, Pretoria and Bloemfontein. Plans are in place to roll out more around the country at a later stage.

If you would like to learn more about REDISA and how you can turn waste in to worth please contact REDISA at  / +27 87 35-REUSE (73873)

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