We are very flattered to be listed by Circle Economy as one of the examples of an interesting valuable recovery strategy.
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Black Bear Carbon, recovers value from used tires by shredding them into rubber granulate, which is in its turn recycled by means of pyrolysis. Pyrolysis uses heat in the absence of oxygen to decompose the granulate to yield volatile gases (10-15%), oil (45%) and carbon black (40%).
The gases can be used to generate electricity for the pyrolysis process. This process allows for the recovery of carbon black from old tires and ensures the process will result in high quality material, making it suitable for coatings, ink, tires, plastics and rubbers (RvO 2010).