Rubber goes to waste
Nicole Gordon, via Facebook MUCH to our great disappointment, on April 24, Penrith Council as part of our free four-yearly clean-up service will take away at least a skip full of rubber to go into land fill, and not to recycling.
Having personally removed the 15-year-old rubber tubes that formed our roof solar pool heating, we assumed there would be some company, council-recommended or otherwise, who would want this material for recycling purposes.
Truck tyres, conveyor belts are all desired and sought after by rubber recyclers, who boast about the second life uses this material provides, but when it comes to rubber solar tubes, no one is in the least bit interested.
Penrith Council’s recommendations of probable recyclers drew a blank, so we started in earnest to research who would be interested in recycling this wonderful amount of rubber.
Planet Ark, dozens of commercial tyre and rubber recyclers were all contacted, who reacted with either complete disinterest or no idea of what rubber solar tubes were, even after careful explanation.
Next solar pool companies, particularly those who in the proceeding 20 years installed these rubber solar tubes – once again had absolutely no knowledge or interest in their demise. So much for a greener environment in Penrith.