Two football stadiums’ worth, or more than 100,000 tonnes – whichever way you’d like to put it, that’s how many tyres Bridgestone has managed to divert from landfill over the past 20 years with the help of Australia’s biggest and most passionate tyre recycler – Tyrecycle.
It’s a longstanding partnership that’s generating significant environmental benefits for Australia, as we work to create a cleaner, safer and healthier environment.
At Bridgestone, we take the responsible disposal of end-of-life tyres very seriously and are 100% committed to helping increase the rate of tyre recycling here in Australia. And when so many useful things can be created using recycled tyres, why wouldn’t you?
Recycled tyres are often used to replace, enhance or extend the quality of materials across many markets including:
Running tracks and sporting grounds – Incorporating recycled rubber into running tracks assists with impact absorption, increases performance and reduces injury risks. It can also be placed under synthetic grass on sporting grounds, making it a softer place to fall.
Brake pads – Thanks to some relatively new technology now available in Australia, recycled rubber crumb can be repurposed to produce asbestos-free brake pads. These aren’t as noisy and have improved wearability.
Building insulation – For building purposes, recycled granulated rubber can be rolled into noise-reducing insulation. It’s commonly used in units and apartments, both under flooring and in the walls.
Matting and non-slip surfaces – A range of hard-wearing, long lasting matting products can be made from recycled rubber, including non-slip door mats and commercial workshop and kitchen mats. Recycled rubber granules can also be used to create marine non-slip surfaces, such as walkways on boats.
Playgrounds – Recycled tyres can be found in children’s playgrounds in the form of soft-fall surfaces, which lower the force of impact and reduce injuries.
Civil engineering – Recycled tyres are often used in civil engineering jobs, such as road and drain construction. Producing road surfaces using recycled rubber improves performance, reduces noise and increases the life span of our roads.
Fuel for energy recovery – Recycled rubber can be used to power the production of cement, steel and even paper!
That’s right – the running track you train on, the soft-fall surfaces at your local playground, the brake pads that keep your family safe on the road, the building insulation that helps you stay warm at night, and even the squeaky new tyres on your wheelie bin, could all be made using recycled tyres.
Who knows, they might even contain some rubber from those tyres we removed from your car just a few months ago.
In line with our Tomorrow Matters initiative, our company’s environmental efforts don’t stop at tyre recycling. We’re constantly looking at ways to minimise the impact that our products and manufacturing processes have on our world.
The agreement with Tyrecycle is helping ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations – and that makes it one of the most important relationships we have.