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Building sustainable mines through recycling waste tyres

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Mining companies can create exceptional value through reusing and recycling old mining tyres. Image credit: Kal Tire

Building sustainable mines through recycling waste tyres

Many mining companies perceive Off The Road (OTR) tyre recycling to be prohibitively expensive, but tyre management company Kal Tire’s Dan Allan, SVP Mining Tire Group, argues that it’s possible to build a strong business case that supports profitability today, while helping businesses towards their sustainability goals.

The mining industry is one of the biggest global users of off-the road (OTR), or earthmover, tyres. As a consumable product, these items have traditionally had a linear make-use-dispose trajectory, with few options for refuse or reuse.

However, the enhanced focus on mining companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in recent years has shone a spotlight on their waste management practices and the possibility of building greater circularity into business models.

This, combined with impending regulation in various mining countries is pushing organisations to take another look at the possibility of tyre recycling and how they can make a case for it.

Creating value and carbon neutrality (Building sustainable mines through recycling waste tyres)

There is a common misconception that tyre recycling is just an additional operating expense, one that companies would rather not shoulder when margins are already squeezed by low ore grades and high energy and labour costs.

But, by demonstrating leadership in this area, there is a chance to generate significant social, environmental and reputational value while helping businesses towards their near-term goal of carbon neutrality and, in the long term, zero waste.

Tyre management company Kal Tire has released a great white paper that explains how to create value through recycling OTR or earthmover tyres. The report is available on the WhyAfrica website in the library or by clicking right here:   https://www.whyafrica.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Recycling-White-Paper.pdf

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