One of Russia’s republics, Dagestan – the North Caucasus federal district, has seen the commissioning of the first in the region tire recycling plant, the Ecopromline, on February 2.

The new plant is expected to bring the republic closer to solving the issue of used tires, as Dagestan was referred to as one of ecologically damaged regions for the past few years, said the head of Republic Dagestan, Ramazan Abdullatipov during the opening ceremony of the plant. He believes that the establishment of the plant will lead to a more progressive and eco-friendly management of rubber products, given that the landfill is being filled with an overwhelming number of tires each year. Official sources indicate that, presently, no other tire recycling plant is functioning in Dagestan.

The overall investment of the plant is estimated at RUB 100 million (US $1.5 million), revealed the company Magnus Ltd, which is a key shareholder and investor of the initiative. 3.500 tonnes of used tires are capable of being recycled in the plant each year. The resolution to create the facility for tire recycling was made in 2015, the precise year when the developers bought all the necessary equipment. It is noteworthy that the plant commissioning has been fully relying on private money and has seen no financial support from Russian government, which is uncommon for projects like that.

The initial agreement has highlighted that the recycled waste is to be used in the development of playgrounds, paving and sport facilities.

The capital city of Dagestan, Machachkala, has been having difficulties with tire processing for the last years. Now, the dumps have been transformed into municipal landfills, where waste is properly managed. Before, the problem of waste was solved with incineration; however, the huge damage was caused to the air of the republic. Nevertheless, tire incineration is no longer practiced in the region.

According to Manach Muslimove, director general of Magnus Ltd, the key objective of the plant is to create a better environment. He claimed that the well-being of the region’s residents is badly affected by toxins that are developed by used tires. The target of the enterprise is to process all the tires, so they wouldn’t be damaging the environment and occupy space at landfills.

Apart from the plant, Magnis Ltd is determined to set points across Dagestan where used tires could be received; they will provide a raw materials base for Magnus Ltd.

The company has also plans to buy and install a new automated line where used tires can be recycled. Moreover, Magnis Ltd has revealed that, in future, plastic waste recycling will become possible too within the facilities of the plant.

The official number of accumulated tires per year in the republic is unknown, but the figure is believed to be estimated at 8,000-12,000 tonnes. The plant will be able to tackle 20-25 percent of the tire recycling in the region.

Article source: Tyre and Rubber Recycling