Lafarge is expected to apply for the industrial endorsement for its pilot project as part of which discarded tires would be incinerated and used as cement kiln fuel at the facility not far from Brookfield; if approved, the pilot project will last for a year.

According to environmental director for Lafarge Canada Robert Cumming, Lafarge wants to take into account all issues that worry the public, and it works with Nova Scotia Environment.

Nevertheless, the Environment Department dubbed the Lafarge’s application incomplete and it said that it has approached the business with request to provide more information, though, it has not been sent yet.

The verdict will be made within 26 days once the department obtains all necessary information.

According to Lafarge’s forecast, it will cut carbon emissions by 30 percent via substituting conventional sources of energy with tires. Moreover, it hopes to reduce nitrogen oxides.

However, the public representatives still believe that tire incineration will be unsafe as it will release dangerous threatening components, and they are perplexed with the fact that the verdict for the industrial approval has been postponed.

The public representatives say that they will take measures if the project will be endorsed by the officials.

Nova Scotia sees a million of waste tires generated annually. A regional NGO, Divert Nova Scotia, collects the fee of $4.50 for each tire when it is bought from local retailers. The organization had previously financially supported C&D Recycling in Goodwood enabling tire shredding that led to useful material which can be applied in highways, drainage and other applications.

During 5 years, Lafarge provided to the cement firm 30 percent of all waste tires in the region. Divert will provide Lafarge $105 for each ton if the extension of the project will be successful.

Lafarge’s team is trying to upgrade the facility and it will become possible to start using tires as fuel not earlier than the end of the coming autumn.

The facility relies on an already operative technology that monitors more than 99 percent of all emissions at the facility. It was introduced to the plant almost a year ago.

Lafarge will start getting tires from Divert only when everything for the tire burn will be set at the plant.

In the past, Lafarge had faced disapproval of the plan by some public representatives who were against its project to apply approximately 350,000 waste tires as fuel as they saw certain threats to environment and human health. The past initiative was carried out in association with researched from Dalhousie University and it had received the Environment Department’s endorsement. However, after the public opposition to the plan, the initiative was sent for a review in the court, which took place in March 2017 with the court stating that the original endorsement of was rational.

Article by Truro Daily