Every year, there is one scrap tire created per person in the U.S. In 2016, the U.S Census reports there were 323 million people in the U.S, that’s a lot of scrap tires. A tire’s physical structure, durability and heat-retaining characteristics make scrap tires a danger to the environment. Scrap tires that are stockpiled (a common method of disposal) are prone to heat retention and can ignite, burning for months releasing toxic oils into the ground and harmful fumes into the atmosphere.
Playgrounds can only accommodate so many tire swings, so to help ease the environmental burden of scrap tires, there are a growing number of companies that are looking to turn scrap tires into useful reusable materials. First they use pyrolysis to break down the scrap tires into reusable fuel oils and carbon char. The carbon char can then be processed further into high quality carbon black.
Carbon black can be used in the creation of new tires, other rubber products such as belts and hoses, as well as pigments, plastics and paints.
The demand for carbon black in these types of materials is expected to rise in the next 5 years. With more and more cars on the road, thereby making more and more scrap tires, the scrap tire recycling industry is only growing. So as this industry continues its growth, carbon char producers around the world can look to the Sturtevant Micronizer® to assist them in producing high quality carbon black.
Designed for high performance, which surpasses the fineness limit of many mechanical grinders, the Micronizer can consistently produce carbon black to a narrow PSD that can be precisely adjusted as the producer needs.
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If you are in the business of recycling scrap tires and produce carbon char, and want to find out how the Micronizer can help you produce premium carbon black, contact us.