Rub­ber goes to waste

Penrith Press - - YOUR SAY -

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.

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