The inquiring minds at Recycling International have noticed some intriguing news on the Qingdao Doublestar Tyre website. Under “News” on their website, the Qingdao based 96 year old “rubber enterprise” (their words, not ours) has announced the impending construction of a tyre (tire, potato, potahto) recycling facility in Henan province, to be fully functional by the end of 2018.
If the claims are accurate, Doublestar will be able to completely recycle waste rubber into various viable, usable products. Since tire waste is a huge problem, this is a welcome step in the growth of green industry technology in China, and is yet another example of private sector innovation in making the world a better place. Yes, Virginia, Chinese enterprises do give a hoot.
Check out the story from Recycling International here:
“Tyres going from ‘black pollutant’ to full-blown recycling success story?
February 06, 2018 by Kirstin Linnenkoper
Qingdao Doublestar is constructing a US$ 92 million rubber recycling plant in Runan County, Henan Province, China.
On the whole, Qingdao is aiming for a 100% recycling rate. The recycled fractions will serve to create various products such as oil, carbon black, steel wire, and gas. The latter will be used to fuel the plant.
Qingdao Doublestar says that the ‘industry 4.0 standard’ recycling project is comprised of two phases, with 100 000 tons of annual capacity for each. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.”