EPSCO recycles end-of-life tires from Kuwait’s tire graveyard into consumer products
According to the World Economic Forum, EPSCO Global General Trading has a plant that recycles used tires and turns them into consumer goods. The facility has the capacity to recycle up to 3 million tires per year. This operation is crucial in addressing Kuwait's trash problem, which has been dubbed the "tire graveyard."
As Kuwait addresses a waste problem that has resulted in one of the world's largest tire graveyards, more than 42 million end-of-life car tires stockpiled in the dunes have begun to be recycled.
A residential neighbourhood was only 7 kilometers (4 miles) away from the enormous dump site. Residents were upset by big flames that emitted poisonous black smoke on a regular basis.
Kuwait, which plans to develop 25,000 new homes on the site, completed the move of all the tires to a new area near the Saudi border called al-Salmi, where tire recycling operation was launched.
Employees sort and shred end-of-life tires at an EPSCO Global General Trading tire recycling facility before pressing the granules into rubbery-colored flooring tiles.
"The factory is helping society by cleaning up the dumped old tires and turning them into consumer products," said EPSCO partner and CEO Alaa Hassan from EPSCO, adding they also export products to neighboring Gulf countries and Asia.
The organization reports that the Al Khair Group, whose CEO Hammoud al-Marri claimed, transferred more than half of all the tires to the new location using up to 500 trucks per day and plans to construct a facility to recycle the tires through a process called pyrolysis.
To learn more about EPSCO’s current activities, please read the full article by the World Economic Forum.