For the fourth consecutive year, the Galapagos Islands are free of used tires. After removing 16,000 of these tires, the volume equivalent to a five-story building, the archipelago fulfills its objective of caring for its ecosystems.

The collection of end-of-life tires in these four years was carried out mainly in the collection centers implemented in the Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal islands, the most populated in the archipelago.

The announcement was made by SEGINUS, the Ecuadorian System for Comprehensive Management of Used Tyres that promotes the recycling initiative together with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Ecological Transition.

“The main objective is to try to give an example, not only to the country but to the world, of how circular economy models work. Not only does it have a positive environmental effect, it also has an economic and social effect”, affirmed the executive director of SEGINUS, José Javier Guarderas.

The tyres were reused to obtain energy, create flooring, or be used by local artisans.

The benefits of this recycling are:

  • 5,200 families benefit from a healthy environment
  • Sustainable tourism keeps its ecosystems clean
  • 600 green jobs by giving new life to tires

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