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Latin America’s First Large-Tire Recycling Plant Opens in Colombia

Latin America’s First Large-Tire Recycling Plant Opens in Colombia

Colombian mining company Carbones del Cerrejon Ltd. has inaugurated Latin America's first large-tire recycling plant.

Colombian mining company Carbones del Cerrejon Ltd. recently launched Latin America’s first large-tire recycling plant, which will export some of its production to Asia and other regional countries.

According to Colombia Vice President German Vargas Lleras, annual production from the plant will total approximately 2,300 tons of steel and 5,000 tons of crumb rubber, which can be used for the country’s new fourth-generation highway network.

To date, commercial contacts for exporting crumb rubber have been made with the countries of South Korea, Chile and Brazil.

Agencia EFE has more:

Colombian mining company Carbones del Cerrejon Ltd. has inaugurated Latin America's first large-tire recycling plant, which will export part of its production to other countries in the region and to Asia.

The plant in Albania, a municipality in the northeastern province of La Guajira, has the annual capacity to recycle 2,360 tires from mining equipment used at Cerrejon's massive open-pit coal mine, which produces more than 33 million tons of thermal coal a year.

Annual production from the plant will amount to approximately 2,300 tons of steel, as well as 5,000 tons of crumb rubber that can be used for the new fourth-generation highway network being built in Colombia, Vice President German Vargas Lleras, who headed Friday's inauguration ceremony, said.

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