Supercars to recycle used race tyres
Saturday 18 November, 2023
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Supercars has taken another major step towards a sustainable future partnering with Queensland-based clean conversion company Entyr.
The partnership will see the two organisations come together for a program that aims to recycle used race tyres efficiently instead of them going to be buried underground or burned.
In what was a trial of the new program, Entyr has already received the 400 Dunlop tyres that were used over the Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, and will look to convert them into raw materials.
Should the trial be successful, Entyr and Supercars intend on recycling all old tyres used by Supercars, Super2 and Super3 throughout a season, which equates to around 14,000 tyres.
The new partnership continues Australian motorsport’s journey into an environmentally sustainable future, having already introduced a lower carbon race fuel earlier this year.
Supercars Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer Tim Watsford was pleased to form the partnership that will allow the Championship to tackle a significant problem around the world.
“Supercars’ alignment with Entyr is a really important part of our journey going forward,” Watsford said.
“From a broader sport perspective, sustainability and looking after our planet are incredibly important, and Supercars is now on our journey.
“Seeing our race-used Dunlop tyres converted into materials that can be used again is very gratifying and a great step for our championship.
“As a sport with a huge and passionate audience, we have a great platform to try and make change and drive a greener future, and our partnership with Entyr is another key step we are taking to achieve that.”
Entyr CEO David Wheeley echoed Watsford’s comments and was excited to get Supercars behind the company’s goal.
“We are excited to partner with Supercars and Dunlop who support our commitment to solving the global waste tyre problem,” Entyr CEO David Wheeley said.
“Excitingly, we’re at the forefront of a solution to this problem.
“We have an internationally patented, low-emissions thermal baking process for end-of-life tyres. Our process avoids the burning of toxic waste and is controlled within an atmospherically sealed vessel, repurposing almost 100 per cent of the tyre.
“By recycling with us, the life of Dunlop’s racing tyres’ will extend beyond playing a critical role in racing safety but will continue by contributing to a decarbonised and safe solution for sustainable road infrastructure.”