In 2013, Venezuela has seen the launch of a tire recycling company, Recologica, which aimed to address disposal of end-of-life tires (ELT) at landfills and scrapyards. The company converts scrap tires into marketable products using tire recycling machinery to reduce size of scrap tire rubber and filter out metal and textile.

Recologica has a status of an eco-friendly business that deals with environmental problems – scrap tires which pose threat to human health and environment throughout the world, including Venezuela.

The concept of “circular economy”, which has received approval of the European Union, is the fundamental principal of the company’s strategy in its development. As for the company’s mission, it is focusing on the three “R”: reuse, reduce, recycle.

Recologica manages to reduce amount of discarded tire casings and reuse key materials: steel, rubber and textile via scrap tire recycling. Once recycled, the materials can reenter the manufacturing cycle.

Recologica has already signed contracts with a number of private companies, providing them with scrap tires. After scrap tires are collected by the companies, they are delivered to Recologica’s tire recycling plant, which is based at Venezuela’s industrial city, Barquisimeto.

The location of the company is strategic – Recologica aimed to be near to other Venezuela’s industrial cities: Valencia, Maracaibo and Caracas. Moreover, Puerto Cabello, the one of the most significant ports of the state, is no farther than 170 km from Barquisimeto.

Rubber granulate, crumb rubber, rubber powder and rubber strippings – these are the end products manufactured at the plant where tires are shredded and processed. In addition, Recologica extracts steel and textiles which can then be also reused. Recologica’s shredding systems yields end products of various grades, which can be as small as 0,8-2,5 mm.

The company’s rubber granulate is now being tested in international laboratories, so the product can get FIFA certification and it can be used as artificial turf filler at football fields. Recologica’s rubber granulate is usually delivered to retailers for sports applications, and steelworks get steel that was recovered from tires. Recologica has all types of clients, including public institutions, schools, farmers and gyms, as it produces a variety of products from scrap tires.

The company has been targeting export markets recently: in 2016, it started trading with Panama, and now it wants to reach Colombia. During the last two years, Recologica aims to consolidate its operation in the Central-American market.

In the meantime, neighboring states approached the company with proposals to team up, and Recologica is now choosing promising companies for expansion.

As scrap tire disposal became a global problem, it gradually raises concerns of governments in developing countries. Recologica aims to share its knowledge by delivering and operating more tire recycling systems across Latin America.

Information source: Recoligica, Tyre and Rubber Recycling