Cox Enterprises – a company based in Atlanta – recently started recycling tires by means of pyrolysis. The company opted for Italian technology which uses organic materials to heat the reactor and break down tires into different components. Technology allows producing synthetic oil, gas, steel and carbon black.

The facility is located at the Golden Isles Conservation Center and the tire recycling plant there shows that technology plays a profound role in proper recycling as well as solving global environmental problems. Alex Taylor, Executive Vice President and COO of Cox Enterprises, says that the technology has been proven in Europe and now it has been brought to U.S. which benefits local communities.

By means of recycling through pyrolysis, the center is capable of removing the equivalent of five tons of end-of-life tires per day from landfills. Synthetic oil derived from waste tires can also be used as a substitute for many products based on fuel. Carbon black can be mainly used to manufacture a broad range of goods such as rubber hoses, plastics, inks and even new tires. Steel is also reused to produce new goods. Synthetic gas converted to electricity is a good solution to power the plant and reduce cost of running the plant.

The center initially focused on tires but from now on it will serve as a research and development center and it will evaluate opportunities to repurpose other waste stream products. The center is incorporated into the company’s national Cox Conserves sustainability program which is focused on lowering energy and waste consumption as well as conserving water.

The facility not only provides an environmental solution, but makes a good impact on the local economic situation, representatives of Cox assert. Since the beginning of construction in 2016, Georgia’s economy received $5 million from Cox Enterprises and one-third of this money went directly to Brantley County and companies based in Georgia. The facility will provide five full-time jobs to the city Nahunta with total population of some 1,000 people.

In April, a community open house is planned to be held for local residents to take a look at the facility.

Article source: Recycling Today