New Finnish facility will convert waste tyres to oil.
Finnish waste-to energy firm Ecomation is opening a tyre recycling facility this month that will recycle end-oflife tyres into oil on an industrial scale, the company said. The new site located in Nokia will have the capacity to process 8,000 tons of scrap tyres per year.
More than 50,000 tons of tyres are discarded in Finland annually, according to the country’s compliance scheme Finnish Tyre Recycling, which represents 280 tyre producers and 2,900 collection points. The country’s recovery rate has been close to 100% over the last few years, according to the recycling agency. Ecomation CEO Tommi Pajala said the new tyre recycling plant relies on a modified pyrolysis system that yields high-grade oil that can be used for heating, or be converted to diesel or gasoline at a refinery.
The equipment at the facility has been fine-tuned over the last eight years to optimize operations. Pajala said: “Ours is the first pyrolysis plant in Finland that extracts oil from tyres on an industrial scale, and our Nokia facility is the most modern and safest of its kind in the world.” The executive says Ecomation’s process is a benchmark for the waste-to-oil industry.