The technology that will save the world from worn-out tires
It is called PFU Innovation the Italian startup that has made EPR10, the only truly eco-compatible plant that does not produce emissions.
The recycling of the so-called ELTs is among the most complex in the world.
The acronym stands for End (of) Lifetyme Tyre, ie those considered as full waste, destined only for recovery or disposal activities.
If not subjected to specific treatments, ELTs can cause real, medium and long-term damage to people.
Suffice it to say that one of the most popular methods of disposal, landfilling,
requires at least 100 years for a tire to deteriorate completely,
not without leaving a trace in the surrounding environment.
The numbers of a problem
In Europe, landfilling has been the main destination for ELTs for years and is still in many countries, including Italy.
Something has changed, in terms of legislation, when the legislator has thought well to give the responsibility of creating
tires out of use to those who actually replace them, the tire, who must decide whether a wheel is to be disposed or is only used
ie able to be rebuilt and destined for new use.
But the doubt remains: between costs and transport, we are sure that the ELT really does a proper route to landfill?
And once here, how is it treated?
The traditional process
We would say badly. Yes, because the technique in force up to now involves crushing the tires through mills, a process that still needs to go through further cleaning of metal residues.
This involves waste of time, non-negligible management costs and a poor final product,
that is, a proceed that can not be used for many other uses.
The idea of PFU
And here comes the idea of PFU Innovation S.r.l.
This is an Italian startup, based in Cinisello Balsamo, which has built EPR10, a plant dedicated to the advanced recovery of out-of-use tires.
What changes from those on the national territory? The solution that
Mr. Marco Marca, founder of the company,
, explained to us, is unique in Italy,
in Europe and, as far as we know, in the world.
Here is the reason: "EPR10 takes up less space than classic settlements, has an energy consumption
of 50% less and, above all, makes a complete separation of the elements that make up the tire, through the use of a high-water system pressure, which allows
to obtain completely clean harmonic steel and 99.99% pure rubber ".
While with normal shredding both metal parts and textile rope may remain in the rubber, thus requiring an additional refining operation,
with the EPR10 process this does not happen.
The process that activates the hi-tech system does not affect the metal but still separates the elements to return a pure
In this way, the result is a kind of extremely pure reusable powder without further treatment, suitable for making any type of rubber article,
from gaskets to heat and sound insulation sheets,
from sound-absorbing tiles to synthetic grass
and draining asphalt .
This not only reduces environmental impact immediately but also opens up an attractive supply market recovered for various purposes.
We have to grow up
Is it worth it? "Absolutely - concludes Mr. Marca - also because in Italy today we recover about 23% of the ELTs on a European average of 51%.
Even the return of energy, currently at 49% can be improved,
through an infrastructure that pays off with some cycles,
, against an ecological
safeguard that is priceless".
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