A tire collection program is now being developed by Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) in association with the Permanent Works Commission for the Recycling of Waste Tires. The tires collected from the state’s national parks will be delivered to the Regomax tire recycling plant.

Annually, approximately 130,000 tons of scrap tires arise in Argentina, but now the state recycles only a small share of them. At this stage, only 10 per cent of officials in Buenos Aires area have supported the project.

A graduate of INTI’s rubber division, Karina Potarsky, said it was uncertain what will happen to 120,000 tons of scrap tires, as Regomax can recycle a little bit more than 12,000 tons per year. Thus, the new ways of recycling tires, such as co-processing in cement kilns throughout Argentina, are promoted by INTI.

Potarsky added that commitment of Argentina’s authorities to the program was crucial, as it will establish effective tire disposal methods and will help solve environmental problems. Some of threats to environment that scrap tire stockpiles pose are air and water pollution and dissemination of diseases caused by mosquitos, including Zika and Dengue.

To fight these problems, the discussion of tire recycling programs took place between the ambassador of Switzerland in Argentina, Haspeter Mock, and the Governor of an Argentinian province, Mendoza, Alfredo Cornejo.

Ministers Lisandro Niery (Treasury) and Dalmiro Garay (Government) attended the discussion together with the president. Some time before, Mock met Argentinian president to discuss their future bilateral agreements.

The ambassador elaborated on work of Mendoza as an organizer and a host of the Mercosur Summit, which will be held in July. Niery said, the discussion focused on the development of the mutual trade base between two countries, specifically in Mendoza where future projects could be carried out.

Another province, which is looking for the ways to solve tire problems is Jujuy. Currently, the state considers using scrap tires in cement production as a substitute for conventional fossil fuels.

The agreement has been signed between the government of Jujuy and the firm Geocycle, which belongs to Holcim Argentina group. In Argentina, this type of end-of-life tire incineration will be used for the first time. The cement production process is environmentally safe and 20 million pesos have been already invested in the initiative.

According to the manager of Geocycle, Oscar Enriquez, co-processing provides more efficient environmental performance if compared with any alternative methods. Co-processing is of the top environmental standard and, reportedly, it doesn’t leave any waste. Moreover, it uses an energy value of tires compared to fossil fuels to benefit cement production process.

Enriquez added that to get the clinker, the raw material for cement production, technology needs fuel. Moreover, the temperature in cement kilns should be maintained at a very high level, thus the energy from scrap tire incineration can help this process.

Additionally, the project is trying to ensure that residents stay away from dumping scrap tires at scrapyards and deliver their tires to the collectors, that will further send them to the Puesto Viejo plant.

Information source: Tyre and Rubber Recycling