Kal Tire's tyre recycling centre approaches full production

Kal Tire, one of North America’s largest commercial tyre dealers, has said its OTR tyre recycling facility in Northern Chile will reach full production in 2021 as it accelerates its circular economy strategy.
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Speaking from MINExpo 2021, the company said each day one of two reactors at the facility will have the capacity to convert five 63" tyres weighing approximately 20,000 kg into 6,500 litres of alternative fuel, 4,000 kg of steel and 8,000 kg of carbon black.

It will also create enough synthetic gas to fuel the plant itself for seven hours. The thermal conversion process uses heat and friction to induce a reaction that converts tyres into their base elements.

Dan Allan, senior vice president, Kal Tire's Mining Tire Group, said the industry had reached a point where mines are increasingly making "forward-thinking" commitments to the environment and affected communities.

"The emphasis on ESG issues is exciting in many ways because we're showcasing several big and bold solutions that align with this future-minded focus," Allan explained.

"We're developing offerings that don't exist so we can protect people from risk and bring mining operations even greater safety, productivity and sustainability.

"We were committed to developing a solution that is practical and scalable, and yet one at the top of the recycling hierarchy that contributes to a circular economy."

Additionally, Kal Tire also said it has been able to develop several tools since it opened the Innovation Centre in western Canada to improve safety and efficiency in mining operations.

These include the Wheel Inspection, which allows mines to inspect wheels onsite and spot cracks and ring grooves that could compromise safety.

 

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