to be recovered at tire recycling facility in Canada
An advanced technology at a plant under construction
in Sault Ste. Marie will extract oil from used tires, along with
other valuable by-products, when it becomes operational early
The showcase facility will be using a proprietary technology
developed by Environmental Waste International Inc. (EWS). Its
patented microwave delivery system breaks down the tires at the
molecular level, reducing them to their simplest forms – oil,
carbon black, steel and hydrocarbon gases.
Running at a planned recycling rate of about 300,000 tires a
year, the plant would produce some 240,000 United States gallons
of oil, 2 million pounds of carbon black, and 600,000 pounds
of steel annually. Off-gases produced by the system will be used
to co-generate electricity that allows the system to be energy
Reverse Polymerization™, the patented EWS technology used in
this system, is the most advanced process of its kind in the
world. Since it does not melt tires, but rather breaks apart
the molecular bonds, virtually 100 percent of the tires’ by-products
Securing raw materials for the plant is already under way. Approximately
12 million used tires are generated in Ontario each year. In
fact, under the Ontario Tire Stewardship program, a fee is paid
for every tire processed through the plant.
Ellsin Environmental Ltd., the owner of the Sault facility, contracted
EWS to design and build the prototype equipment for the plant
which will have a total cost in excess of $6 million. EWS will
build all future Ellsin systems and receive a royalty for each
Ellsin, partially owned by EWS, has the sales and marketing rights
to the technology for passenger tires in Canada and the United
States. EWS retains the rights to the used truck tire market
in these two countries, and to the entire used tire market in
the rest of the world.
Simms points out that some 300 million used tires are generated
each year in North America, and another 600 million annually
in other parts of the world. He says the company’s goal is to
capture about 30 percent of the global market over the next decade.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) has loaned
$2 million to Ellsin to help fund the Sault project. Operations
are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2011.