The Problem

In North America, we use tires at the rate of one tire per person each year. Imagine the challenge of finding a way to reuse 300 million scrap tires in an environmentally friendly way so none are sent to landfills. While plastics, paper and metal can be melted or dissolved for reuse, rubber can not. For decades finding a recycling method that would recover rubber components in a reusable form has presented enormous challenges to industry.

Why is recycling rubber so important? From an economic perspective, huge amounts of petroleum resources are used to manufacture rubber compound. Waste tires, as well as scrap tire piles present fire hazards and insect breading grounds that society wants eliminated. It would be irresponsible of industry not to recover higher value raw materials from tires for reuse in rubber if the technology existed.

The Solution
What would that technology have to do? Imagine having a way to break rubber down into its organic components for use as solvent, chemical feedstock or fuel. What if that same process also recovered the carbon black and minerals, 40% of tire rubber weight, in a way that allows for their reuse to reinforce rubber or pigment other materials? Quite simply, it would allow users of these materials to reduce their carbon foot print and to join the ranks of industries with significant levels of recycled material content in their products!

How We Do It

Delta-Energy is the first petroleum-based, resource recovery company to make this process possible. Through its one-of-a-kind patented DEPolymerization™ process, Delta-Energy found the means to recover D-E Black® products with properties comparable to thermal and furnace carbon blacks.

In 2007 Delta-Energy became the first company to commercialize recovered carbon black based product made from scrap rubber.

Success spurs innovation. We at Delta-Energy build on past successes, continuing to search for innovative solutions, and create future products for sustainable, higher value, petroleum-based resource recovery.

Contact us to discover ways that Delta-Energy products can meet your product performance needs while reducing your company’s environmental impact.