Thermolysis of bicycle tyres

The world’s first holistic bicycle tyre recycling system 

In the innovative Schwalbe recycling system, we carry out the mechanical processing and thermolytic 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.

Diagram: The Schwalbe tyre recycling process
Diagram: The Schwalbe tyre recycling process

Schwalbe has established a collection network for used bicycle tyres – the specially developed Schwalbe Recycling Box is available at all participating specialist dealers. With its thermolysis plant, Pyrum takes care of the mechanical processing and thermolytic recycling of used tyres. This turns used tyres into new ones. The process saves 80% CO2.

Frank Bohle, Managing Director of Ralf Bohle GmbH: “As in 1983 with the first Schwalbe Marathon, we are at the beginning of a long journey with tyre recycling. We are very grateful to Pyrum for their pioneering work in the thermolysis process.” Ralf Bohle GmbH is Europe’s market leader for bicycle tyres and inner tubes. Sustainability has always been one of the company’s most important characteristics 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.’