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Half of Latvia’s tires to be recycled in new plant in Tukums

The plant was opened last week and will help the country on its path to sustainability

  • August 15, 2019 17:30
  • Author Anton Stoyanov
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The town of Tukums in Latvia is now the proud host of the 2nd big tire recycling plant in the Baltic country. The opportunity for the creation of this plant arose after the waste management contract signed between the municipality and Eco Baltia Environment expired. The company instead invested 2.6 million euros in the repurposing of the site and thus creating a new tire recycling plant. In theory the economic wisdom of the creation of such a plant might be questionable – as, in theory, Latvia should be able to recycle the same amount of tires it produces each year. However, the plants currently operating are unable to meet their quotas and are not operating at full capacity.

The plan for now is for the plant to be able to process 6.5 tons of tires each year, with that amount rising to 10 000 tons in the near future. While the plan is capable of processing a larger amount at the moment, the operating company believes that at present it’s impossible to collect such amount in time to be delivered to the processing plant. They are, however, confident that this will soon change.

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