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Recycling Tires Into Artificial Sports Grounds

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ENSCHEDE, Netherlands – Dutch Vredestein tires, AVR (one of the biggest waste recycling companies in the Netherlands) and NOM ( a government body for the promotion of regional employment) have established a joint venture for the recycling of tires. Its first factory was a tryout project in Lommel (Belgium) where an annual 15.000 tons of […]

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands – Dutch Vredestein tires, AVR (one of the biggest waste recycling companies in the Netherlands) and NOM ( a government body for the promotion of regional employment) have established a joint venture for the recycling of tires. Its first factory was a tryout project in Lommel (Belgium) where an annual 15.000 tons of old car tires can be regenerated to rubber and rubber constituents in a useable form. The rubber constituents can be used for new compounds, for insulation purposes and artificial sports grounds. A new factory will be built in the north of the Netherlands. Its capacity will be 25.000 tons of tires. It will have a staff of 30 people in full employment. The 7 million cars in the Netherlands 16 million bicycles , 300.000 motorcycles , trucks, agricultural machinery etc. generate an estimated annual 150.000 tons of derelict tires. Part of these are still exported to third-world countries (regulations have become stricter the last couple of years) and most of it is either dumped or burned. (OB)

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