Sporting fields made from tyres

Less than 10 per cent of tyres are currently recycled in Australia

Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a government supported product stewardship initiative that aims to effectively reduce the environmental, health and safety impacts of the 56 million tyres (equivalent passenger units) that reach their end of life each year.

Innovative ideas

With TSA’s funding, development of new products, industries and employment is forging ahead. One such innovative development, spearheaded by Geelong-based manufacturing companies Polymeric Powders and Austeng, is seeing tyre crumb turned into composite material used for commercial pipes. The technology making this a reality will have scores of other applications,
ranging from building and construction to aerospace and electronics.

The benefit of tyre crumb is that it has unique qualities compared
with traditional plastics. Grassports Australia makes synthetic hockey and soccer pitches from recycled tyres. The recycled rubber can also be used in children’s play areas and as supporting infill on natural turf.

This sports field was made from recycled tyres

Another research project funded by TSA involves creating a lightweight, malleable concrete from recycled tyres. Managed by Associate Professor Tuan Ngo of the University of Melbourne, the inclusion of tyre crumb has created a product with high levels of heat and sound insulation.

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