SAULT ST. MARIE, Ontario (Nov. 17, 2009)—Fledgling tire recycling company Ellsin Environmental Ltd. has broken ground for a pilot tire processing plant in Sault St. Marie.
The 10,000-sq.-ft. facility should be completed in May or June of 2010 and employ 25 or 30 workers full-time, according to Ellsin CEO Robert Maier.
The plant, which will have a processing capacity of 900 scrap tires daily, is being set up to demonstrate the viability of the patented technology from Ontario-based Environmental Waste International, Maier said. Like pyrolysis, the EWI technology reduces tires to oil, steel and carbon black. But unlike pyrolysis, Maier said, the EWI process doesn't burn the tires, but uses microwaves in a nitrogen chamber at relatively low heat (250-300°C) to break down the tires.
Ellsin plans to build 20 to 30 tire processing plants throughout North America over the next 10 to 15 years, each with the capacity to process 6,000-7,000 tires a day, according to Maier.