Zero-waste tire processor targets environmental scourge

Zero-waste tire processor targets environmental scourge STEVE CLARK/THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD

Marta Martinez, vice president of Tire Recycling & Processing LLP in Harlingen, explains how tire waste products will be turned into biofuel. The facility is the only one of its kind in Texas and possibly the United States.

By STEVE CLARK/The Brownsville Herald

After a year in development, Tire Recycling & Processing, a facility unlike anything else in Texas and possibly the United States, has thrown the switch in Harlingen.

On Friday, several large, expensive, German-made tire-processing machines were thrumming loudly during a shakedown run at the plant, located in the Harlingen Industrial Park. Subcontractors from China, Japan and Louisiana were busy setting up the final component: Thermodynamic reactors that will turn the waste tire product into biofuel, which will then be sold to refineries in Dallas and Houston, according to TRP vice president Marta Martinez, a recycling industry veteran who started the company with two other investors.

“We hope we can turn on (the reactors) this coming Wednesday,” she said. “We are in the final stage.”

The process of turning whole tires into biofuel and piles of powder, steel wire and “rubber crumbs” starts with TRP’s 600-horsepower shredder, which takes seven seconds to chew up and spit out a standard sized passenger tire. The shredded pieces travel by conveyor to a granulator, where they’re further reduced, while a giant magnet pulls out the steel wire, which is bundled separately. The plant can produce a ton of steel wire every half hour, Martinez said.

The granulated rubber bits go to a third machine that reduces them even further, to the size of coffee grounds. Then it’s on to the “shaking table,” where the black, stinky mush is separated into powder, fiber and “crumb rubber.”

“After the tire is processed we have four finished products: Steel, powder, fiber and crumb rubber,” Martinez said. “We’re going to be able to put together three of them — powder, fiber and crumb rubber — and feed the reactors and we are going to melt it. We’re going to be able to melt it at a very high temperature and the finished product is going to be biofuel.”

The reactors use “pyrolysis” to thermally decompose the tire pieces. One passenger car tire produces one gallon of biodiesel, eight pounds of carbon char and two pounds of steel and non-condensable gas. The pyrolysis system runs on its own gas, which helps minimize TRP’s emissions output, Martinez said, noting that the facility has all the proper environmental permits in place.

Outside the facility sit two horizontal 10,000 gallon tanks, painted a cheerful blue, that will store the biofuel. Martinez said biofuel will account for about 80 percent of the recycled products TRP generates.

Unlike other tire shredding operations, which bury the ground-up waste, TRP is able to recycle 100 percent of the tire, Martinez said. She added that as far as she knows TRP is the only facility of its kind in the country.

“In Europe, this type of machinery, you can see it everywhere,” she said. “Now we bring it to the United States.”

Martinez said the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation was very responsive when she approached them about the project. HEDC suggested the building that Martinez would eventually move into. Ramiro Aleman, HEDC’s manager of business development cited obvious reasons for getting behind the project.

“It’s industry. It’s manufacturing,” he said. “They’re taking a building that had been sitting vacant for some time and they’re bringing it back to life. They’re in the industrial park, which is an area that we want to develop.”

Aleman showed Martinez the building on the day they met, he said, while HEDC guided her through the maze of city and state permitting.

“Persistence got us through to the end,” he said. “It’s a real feather in our cap to say we have this company here in Harlingen.”

Martinez, who’s also president of Olmito-based EDS Recycling, said she was driven to start TRP for the same reason she got into recycling in the first place: To help clean up the planet. Illegally dumped tires are a scourge in the Rio Grande Valley’s rural and urban areas and across the border in Tamaulipas. By some estimates there are 3 billion junk tires along the U.S.-Mexico border from Texas to California. Texas alone produces 32 million waste tires a year, Martinez said.

“This is an invitation for every single city manager to clean up every single city in the Rio Grande Valley,” she said. “This coming Monday they’re going to receive a letter and a post card in the mail saying where we are and what we do, with a phone number and with our web page.”

Martinez plans to concentrate on the market closest to home at first before expanding to the rest of Texas and eventually taking tires from Mexico as well. She said TRP’s tire-disposal rates are very competitive: $1 per passenger tire and $3 per semi-trailer tire. Tires from the general public will be accepted one or two days of the week, probably including Saturdays.

Agricultural equipment tires will also be processed, for $25 to $35 per tire, depending on the size. Ag tires weigh between 200 and 300 pounds, Martinez said, and have to be cut up before going into the shredder. A tool called an “alligator shear” accomplishes that task nicely.

“Starting Monday we’re going to run our production 100 percent,” Martinez said. “This was an ambitious project but with a very beautiful message: We have to protect the earth. This is an invitation for our community.”

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EEA: European recycling rates on the increase

EuropeAmong all European countries, Austria, Germany and Belgium recycled the largest proportion of municipal waste in 2010. But while some countries have rapidly increased recycling rates, Europe is still wasting vast quantities of valuable resources by consigning them to landfill, and many countries risk falling short of legally-binding recycling targets.

Overall, Europe recycled 35% of its municipal waste in 2010, a significant improvement on the 23% recorded in 2001. But many countries will find it extremely difficult to meet EU-mandated targets to recycle 50% of household and similar waste by 2020, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) covering the management of municipal solid waste in the EU-27 plus Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Although five countries have already achieved the target, most of the others will need to make extraordinary efforts to achieve this goal ahead of the deadline, it is contended.
The UK increased its municipal waste recycling rate from 12% to 39% between 2001 and 2010, while Ireland went from 11% to 36% over the same period. Slovenia, Poland and Hungary have also dramatically improved recycling levels since joining the EU. Recycling rates are highest in Austria (63%), Germany (62%), Belgium (58%), the Netherlands (51%) and Switzerland (51%).
The EEA report also suggests Europe is successfully moving up the ‘waste management hierarchy’ – albeit more slowly than required by legislation. The amount of waste sent to landfill has decreased since 2001, while Europe has boosted the amount of waste incinerated, composted and recycled. Municipal waste generated per EU citizen fell 3.6% between 2001 and 2010 but this could be due in part to the economic downturn.
Norway, Ireland and Poland were the most successful countries between 2001 and 2010 in terms of cutting the proportion of municipal waste going to landfill. Countries successful in reducing landfilling and in increasing recycling generally implemented a range of national and regional instruments including: landfill bans on biodegradable waste or municipal waste that has not been pre-treated; mandatory separate collection of municipal waste fractions; landfill and incineration taxes; and waste collection fees incentivising recycling.


Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB:GTSO), OTC’s 73rd largest diversified services company by market capitalisation, soared 0.60c (or 14.6%) to close at 4.70c. The price is at a discount of 12.8% to the 1-month volume weighted average price of 5.39c, which may appeal as a value proposition. Compared with the NASDAQ-100 Index, which rose 17.0 points (or 0.6%) on the day, this was a relative price change of 14.0%.

Bearish Signals

– The price plummeted 19.0% in the last month. The stock has been exacerbated by robust volume of 2.5 times average for the month.

– In the last three months the stock has hit a new 52-week low fifteen times, pointing to a significant downtrend.
Description Value Rank In Market Relative Strength (6M) 6 In Bottom 5% Price/MAP200 0.09 In Bottom 4% MCap US$6,679.3 In Bottom 1%


Volume: there were 59,037 shares worth US$2,775 traded. Trading volume was 61% lighter than average.

– It is at a discount of 98.0% to the 12-month high of US$2.37 on 16 Jul, 2012. It is also at a premium of 33.9% to the 12-month low of 3.51c on 19 Mar, 2013.


The last 7 company announcements are:

March 22: Municipal Recycling Collection Could Prove Key to GTSO’s Success

[News Story] SAN JOSE, Calif.–Green Technology Solutions (OTCBB:GTSO) announced today that the company has completed its on-site due diligence into large-scale municipal collection of e-waste as it makes plans to work with local governments to recycle the valuable metals inside cell phones, computers, flat screens and more.Beginning last year, GTSO CEO Paul Watson visited municipal e-waste recycling centers in Houston, Texas, to interview operations supervisors and volunteers and gain expertise about city recycling collection and processing.

March 15: GTSO Advances Talks on Urban Mining Deal as E-Recycling Market Explodes

[News Story] SAN JOSE, Calif.–U.S.-based urban mining company Green Technology Solutions (OTCBB:GTSO) is exploring potential synergies and discussing possible terms with Chilean e-waste recycler Chilerecicla as the global urban mining market heats up fast.Emerging markets such as Latin America, Africa and China will witness explosive e-waste growth by up to 500 percent over the next decade.

March 08: Increased E-Waste Awareness Opens New Opportunities for GTSO

[News Story] SAN JOSE, Calif.–As the rewards associated with e-waste recycling become better known, new urban mining opportunities are popping up everywhere, says Green Technology Solutions (OTCBB:GTSO) CEO Paul Watson.”A few years ago, most people were completely unaware of the toxic chemicals and valuable minerals inside their favorite electronics,” Watson said.

March 05: GTSO Takes its Urban Mining Initiatives International with Chilean LOI

[News Story] SAN JOSE, Calif.– As part of a dedicated effort to expand its recycling operations into the booming Latin American market, Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB:GTSO) signed a letter of intent this week to finalize due diligence and begin negotiating deal terms with a major electronic waste recycling-or “urban mining”-company in Chile.Chilerecicla was founded in 2009 and opened the first e-waste recycling plant in Southern Chile.

February 26: GTSO: Soluble Circuit Boards Could Make E-Waste Recycling More Profitable Than Ever

[News Story] SAN JOSE, Calif.– As Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB:GTSO) works to ramp up its e-waste recycling business both at home and abroad, new research in the U.K. could be poised to make turning trash into cash easier and more profitable than ever before.Researchers at Britain’s National Physics Laboratory are currently working to develop water-soluble circuit boards that hold the promise of significantly streamlining e-waste recycling.

February 20: GTSO Supports Federal E-Waste Bill That Could Create More Than $1 Billion in New Jobs

[News Story] SAN JOSE, Calif.– Green Technology Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB:GTSO) added its voice to a growing chorus of electronics recyclers this week in support of a federal bill that could add thousands of jobs to the U.S. economy.The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA), set to be reintroduced in the current session of Congress, bans the export of certain kinds of unprocessed and non-working electronics and e-waste from the U.S.

Middle East firm aims to establish best practices in waste management and recycling in the United Arab Emirates.

To strengthen its position as a recycling and waste management Bee’ah, a Middle East-based waste management company, and Suez Environnement, through its SITA subsidiary, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop wide ranging waste management and recycling capabilities to the United Arab Emirates.

As part of the MoU, the two waste management operators have agreed to work together to establish a set of projects to boost the recycling of a host of materials at Bee’ah’s facility in Sharjah, U.A.E., through the establishment of recycling facilities for plastics, wood and electronic scrap. The two companies also have agreed to cooperate to develop more effective waste collection, fleet management and waste treatment in the country.

H.E. Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee’ah, and Dominique Mangin D’Ouince, chairman and CEO of Central Europe, Mediterranean & Middle East at Suez Environnement, signed the MoU during a Bee’ah delegation visit to France at the Suez Environnement headquarters in Paris.

At the signing ceremony, Al Owais said, “This agreement brings Bee’ah one step closer to its goal for Sharjah to attain zero-waste to landfill by 2015. Our collaboration with Suez Environnement in waste management will help us bring some of the best European waste management practices and environmental technologies to the UAE.”

He added, “We at Bee’ah, as the leader of environmental change in the Middle East, strive to always build strong collaborations with key entities in our industry to bring the best and latest to the UAE in an effort to make the environment of our country better for the generations to come, in fulfillment of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Sharjah and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.”

Commenting on the agreement, Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environnement, said, “This partnership confirms that thanks to its permanent efforts in innovation, Suez Environnement is able to respond both to the new requirements of its customers in mature countries and in new market with strong growth, and help them to become leaders of environmental performance. This partnership also provides significant growth opportunities for Suez Environnement. As our partner, Bee’ah brings significant waste management strengths and will enable us to expand our reach throughout the U.A.E.”

Under the agreement, Bee’ah and Suez Environnement will exchange information and best practices in waste management strategies and jointly work to improve waste treatment and recycling methods to contribute to a better and cleaner environment for Sharjah.

Bee’ah’s Waste Management Centre houses facilities, including a MRF, a construction and demolition waste recycling facility (CDW), a tire recycling facility, an engineered landfill, the Wekaya (a medical waste facility) and, more recently, a car and light metal shredding and recycling facility as well as the organic composting facility.

The MRF, which Bee’ah says is the largest such facility in the Middle East and the third largest in the world, receives mixed solid waste and sorts the recyclable material in different streams such as paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminium. About 900 metric tons of waste is processed daily at the MRF.

More than 1,500 metric tons of construction waste made up of concrete, bricks, wood, insulation and asphalt, is processed daily at Bee’ah’s CDW.

Bee’ah’s TRF—the first of its kind in the region—is in the process of recycling the some 4,000 tires arriving at Sharjah’s landfills each day. The company says it is one of the few facilities in the world using a cryogenic process to turn old tires into crumb rubber which is used for flooring and athletic applications.

Tandeef, a division of Bee’ah, was specifically created to deliver a comprehensive, cost effective, environmentally sound and technically reliable solid waste collection and city beautification system. This service collects more than 600,000 metric tons of nonhazardous municipal waste annually, manages the 1,750 three-stream pedestrian recyclers across Sharjah and carries out scheduled waste collections and public space cleaning and sweeping.

what about the RESEM Group?

what about the RESEM Group?

(Sino-American) Shangqiu Ruixin Environmental Specialty Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. also named RESEM, specializes specializes in manufacturing waste tires & plastic pyrolysis/recycling equipment and after-sales service. Our parent company is in Taiwan, set up in 1999.

RESEM’s business area includes:

RESEM products mainly include Waste tyre and waste rubber, plastic pyrolysis equipment; Crude oil, fuel oil, waste oil and lubricating oil Distilation equipment; Carbon black deep processing machine and tires crushing equipment. After purification, the oil quality will be improved. It can take place of diesel, and can be directly used in vehicles. And RESEM have exported more than 389 sets of equipments to many countries and areas, such as Turkey, Albania, Macedonia, Iran, Ecuador, Poland, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh and so on.

RESEM’s Company Capability:

RESEM has 3 manufacturing factorys & 2 assembly centers in China, and we have 4 foreign branches all over the world. We have our own factory and professional team, which can provide you more perfect and widely after-sales service. RESEM has passed the ISO9001:2008 and the ISO14001 2004, which marks the great progress it has made in the quality of the products and environmental protection. RESEM’ facetory covering an area of 30000 square meters. We have 35 professional engineers and skillful technicians with rice installation and commissioning experience. Monthly production capacity exceeds20 sets. There are more than 300 staff members including the managements, the sales and the technical workers. All the staff work hard on the way to success on the purpose of to serve the customer, to develop the technology.

We have advanced and complete demo machine in our factory, And there are many pyrolysis plant projects around our company, It takes about one hour‘s drive from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport to our factory. RESEM will be responsible for picking up customers. Welcome to RESEM to see our demo machine and running machine anytime.