Reportedly this technology uses microwaves in an environment that has had its oxygen removed and replaced by nitrogen to break molecular bonds, effectively distilling a tire or other product into its original ingredients. 100% of the resulting materials are reclaimed to be used. From tires, these materials include oil, carbon black, and steel. The system is supposed to even require no energy input, using the captured gases to generate its own electricity.
The article talks about using the carbon black in printer toner and other products, but I imagine it would be logical to supply it back to the tire industry since tires use a lot of carbon black.
Re: New technology for recycling tires and other things
I agree, I too was puzzled by that piece. Perhaps there is lead in them? I know that there is lead in rubber insulation on wires made in China, so it's not unknown to use lead in rubber...however I imagine they would have said the more commonly known and loathed "lead" instead of "heavy metals".