Warren's tyre recycling plant which turns end-of-life tyres into high value oil, carbon and steel is set to double production.
Australian tyre recycling company, Green Distillation Technologies will expand the capacity of their plant in Warren with the installation of an additional processing module.
Additional modules will be installed next year to reach the annual processing capacity of 19,300 tonnes of tyres, that a fully developed facility with six operating modules would handle.
Chief Operating Officer of Green Distillation Technologies Trevor Bayley, said that the plant extension was an important milestone for the company and represents the culmination of a great deal of work by their entire team.
"Clearly, investment funds are vitally important and you have to spend money to make money and our aim is to get the Warren plant to full capacity so we can not only provide positive proof of our technology, but the economics of our process through the sale of the oil, carbon and steel we produce," he said.
Mr Bayley said Warren is the site of their original research and development work, which began in 2009.
The project aimed to solve the current problem of mass waste caused by tyres and offered a new way to create oil, steel and carbon.
Since then he said they have proven the concept and moved to a 21 hectare location which allows plenty of room for future expansion.
"The extent of the looming future world end-of-life disposal problem is not generally realised with a projected 2.7 billion expected to be generated in 2025," Mr Bayley said.
According to Green Distillation Technologies a typical 10kg car tyre yeilds 3.6 litres of oil, 4.7kg of carbon and 2kg of steel.
They said a 70kg truck tyre would provide 25 litres of oil, 33kg of carbon, 14kg of steel; and a four tonne oversize mining dump truck tyre would yield 1.9 tonnes of carbon, 0.8 tonne of steel and 1,420 litres of oil.
To put that volume in perspective, a full operating plant would generate 6,860,000 litres of high-quality oil, 9032 tonnes of carbon and 3760 tonnes of recovered steel.
Mr Bayley said this is an 'exciting' stage in their evolution as they work to bring their first two Australian processing facilities in Warren and Toowomba into full production.
The company have plans for five other Australian plants in Gladstone, Wagga, Geelong, Elizabeth and Collie in Western Australia.
The extension will be undertaken by outside contractors, as well as Green Distillation Technologies staff. A minimum of eight additional contractors will be employed.
Work on the extension is already underway and is expected to be completed by April 2021.