product in Hong Kong so as such they are subject to all the fees imposed on waste,
but the reality is that scrap tyres are in fact a source of raw materials.
The British have implemented a scheme to control waste tyres. They have
banned waste tyres from landfills and created monofills for the tyres to be stored in.
They also use scrap tyres in a variety of their civil engineering projects and have a
highly developed infrastructure for the recycling of scrap tyres.
Hong Kong has experience with various recycling methods for scrap tyres
through comprehensive trial programs and private companies. Jets Technics is a
shining example of how industry can help the environment through recycling and at
the same time make a profit. The rubberized asphalt test projects have so far been
successful and all indications show the material will be suitable for Hong Kong’s
environment. This indicates the possibility of wider implementation, which would
both improve the highways and reduce tyre waste.
Although the government’s tyre reef program was moderately successful, the
alternative materials were far more successful and tyres are no longer used. Tyre
pyrolysis has been studied and found to be too expensive for implementation in Hong
Kong, so no studies on tyre pyrolysis currently exist.
Based on what we have discovered we will now draw conclusions and make
suggestions for further research.