Now that legislation has passed in the UK making it illegal to scrap bike tires, Velorim has set out to help retailers and riders in disposing of their unwanted rubber.
The law is set to come into place at the end of the year and Velorim has opened up its recycling scheme to allow shops, workshops, hire schemes and refurbishment centers the opportunity to become local collection centers. Velorim will then collect the waste tires and inners tubes and process them into new materials or reuse them in other ways. This means nothing will go to landfill or be exported to other countries. Currently, an overwhelming majority of the 30,500,000 used tires and 152,500,000 tubes head to landfill each year.
Once Velorim has your old tires they are shredded and granulated before separating the materials into their rubber, steel and fibre components. Each of these materials will then be separated and used for different purposes, Velorim say this could be for construction, safety flooring or insulation. The most useful output from the process is the rubber, this is reprocessed by Velorim into viable new raw materials such as Velo-Butylene™ and Velo-SBR™, both of can be used to manufacture new products.
To help get the scheme out to more shops in the UK, Velorim has now signed a deal with Madison that will now offer its retailers a channel to remove all of their rubber waste. Velorim currently does charge for their pickup service which will cost each collection center £90 per tyre cage collection, £16.50 per tyre bag collection and £20 per tube box collection. Velorim says that collection centers could offset this cost by charging customers a small share such as "50p per tyre and 20p per inner tube." Also earlier this year, Schwalbe launched its own inner tube recycling scheme
where it will be recycling the old tubes to create new ones.
You can find out more about Velorim and its recycling scheme here