Pyrolysis of bicycle tyres

The world’s first holistic bicycle tyre recycling system 

Our inno­va­tive Schwalbe recy­cling system is used for the mecha­nical proces­sing and pyro­lytic recy­cling of used bicycle tyres in our ther­mo­lysis plant.


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The Schwalbe recycling system

Ralf Bohle GmbH, which produces the Schwalbe brand, and Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG show­cased a new recy­cling system for used bicycle tyres at the launch of Euro­bike, the world’s largest bicycle trade fair, in Frank­furt. The ‘Schwalbe Recy­cling System’, which was deve­loped in close coöpe­ra­tion with the Tech­nical Univer­sity of Cologne, enables the complete recy­cling of used tyres of all brands.

Tyre recycling process flow
Tyre recy­cling process flow

Schwalbe has estab­lished a coll­ec­tion network for used bicycle tyres. The speci­ally deve­loped Schwalbe Recy­cling Box is available at all parti­ci­pa­ting specia­list dealers. In its pyro­lysis plant, Pyrum is respon­sible for the mecha­nical proces­sing and pyro­lytic recy­cling of used tyres, a process that trans­forms old tyres into new ones. The process cuts CO2 by 80%.

Frank Bohle, Mana­ging Director of Ralf Bohle GmbH: ‘Like back in 1983 when we laun­ched the first Schwalbe Mara­thon, we are at the start of a long journey in tyre recy­cling. We are extre­mely grateful to Pyrum for their pionee­ring work in the field of pyro­lysis.’ Ralf Bohle GmbH is Europe’s market leader for bicycle tyres and inner tubes. Sustaina­bi­lity has always been among the company’s most important quali­ties and values.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: ‘With its Schwalbe brand, Bohle is the perfect fit for our fully sustainable busi­ness model. Thanks to this new recy­cling system, we are helping to make the bicycle an even more sustainable means of transport.’