On Thursday, February 28, a pyrolysis plant meant for recycling used car tires was opened in Ozolnieku region. A total of 309 000 LVL was invested in the project, 35% of which was provided by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency.
Recycling of used car tires using pyrolysis technology is a unique process on the Latvian market. A similar plant is operating in Estonia. SIA E Daugava is currently the only such company in Latvia that performs this kind of recycling.
Pyrolysis technology line maintenance has created six new jobs, E Daugava reports.
This method is not only innovative in Latvia, but is also very perspective in the aspect of environment protection and effective use of resources. “While used car tires were being simply thrown away in the past, this new technology, however, will allow us to use these tires to make raw materials for production. Theses include: liquid fuel (liquid hydrocarbons), gaseous fuel (pyrolysis gas), technical carbon, metal cord (scrap),” says the company’s director Aivars Ievins.
He also noted that this kind of technology is not yet widely used in Latvia. Its future could present good export opportunities in open market conditions. Production output is estimated at 5 tons of recycled tires per day; it can be increased by constructing new reactors. In addition, used oil filters, absorbers can be used in the pyrolysis process, even though E Daugava plans to use used tires for now.
The company uses pyrolysis technology to recycle used tires under high temperature without oxygen. Tires break down under the heat. Because the process does not include direct burning, no dangerous emissions are thrown into the atmosphere. The process is complicated and requires no less than 8-10 hours.
The company works in dangerous waste disposal and utilization. E Daugava recycles used solvents, producing new raw materials that can be used in further production process.