What to do with the 1 billion end-of-life car tyres that are disposed each year? Most old tyres are just burnt, but Black Bear Carbon has developed a circular solution. Our strategy is to upcycle carbon black out of old tyres, whereby we reduce the amount of waste and provide a new value chain for tyres. Not just in The Netherlands, but across the globe.
Clean and green carbon
For Black Bear Carbon, end-of-life tyres are no waste, but a highly valuable material. We are the first in the world to have developed a technique to win high quality carbon black out of old tyres. Carbon black is the essential element of many products, such as the handles of bicycles, the packages of mascara, and the wristband of watches. Basically all products that are black or grey, contain carbon black.
In our factory, we collect old tyres, and, after removing the steel parts, we grind the tyre to small particles and extract the carbon black. We are able to extract some 40 percent of carbon black out of the tyres, and the remaining 60 percent is converted into oil and gas.
Currently we are active in The Netherlands. However, with the availability of some 1 billion tyres that are disposed each year, we can build up to 800 facilities. That means it is time to upscale our business and go international! By opening facilities in other countries and collecting tyres for carbon black, we can decrease the amount of tyres that are landfilled or goes directly into the furnaces, while limiting the amount of crude oil necessary to produce new carbon black. Our impact is enormous: for every kilo of carbon black we produce, we save 5 kilos of CO2. With an average processing rate of some 1.5 million tyres per year, every installation we open reduces as much CO2 as 1 million trees.
Solution to waste
Black Bear Carbon provides the solution for tyre manufacturers that struggle with the amounts of waste from old tyres. We happily help companies to develop a new circular business strategy for old tyres. This has multiple positive effects: developing new value chains, decreasing waste and limiting the amount of oil used for carbon black production. Thus, if you are looking for a solution to give end-of-life tyres a new, circular purpose, please get in touch with us!
The Best Practices
Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) wants to support international cooperation on the circular economy, with the aim of creating business opportunities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and innovation. In the magazine Circular Is Going Global - Join Holland's Flow you can read which circular best practices the Netherlands has to offer.