I recently talked about an emerging process for extracting oil from old asphalt shingles.
In a similar vein, an Ontario company is taking a step away from established tire recycling processes, to "unbake" tires and convert old tires back into their original ingredients. Ellsin Environmental will use specially designed equipment to convert tires back to steel, oil and carbon black, as well as a synthetic gas, which they plan to use to generate electricity.
The process involves the use of a patented microwave delivery system developed by Environmental Waste International, Ellsin Environmental's parent company.
The plant, valued at $6 million, has the capacity to process 300,000 tires annually, or around 900 per day. The company believes this will generate 900 tonnes of carbon black, 240,000 U.S. gallons of oil and 275 tonnes of steel. It will employ 25-30 people.