SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario (Oct. 14, 2010)—Ellsin Environmental Ltd., a new Canadian tire recycling firm, will open a high-tech recycling plant in Sault Ste. Marie by early next year.
Environmental Waste International Inc., a part-owner of Ellsin, holds the patent on a proprietary microwave technology that will be the crux of the Sault Ste. Marie operation, EWS said. The process, which EWS calls Reverse Polymerization, transforms scrap tires into their constituent oil, carbon black and steel by breaking apart their molecular bonds, the company said.
Unlike pyrolysis, Reverse Polymerization does not burn tires, and therefore can reclaim virtually 100 percent of a tire's by-products, EWS said. When completed, the Sault Ste. Marie facility will have a recycling capacity of approximately 300,000 tires annually, which it will transform into 240,000 gallons of oil, 2 million pounds of carbon black and 600,000 pounds of steel, it said.
The Sault Ste. Marie plant will be outfitted with a prototype TR-900 Reverse Polymerization system, according to EWS. The company has a larger version on the drawing board—the TR-6000—which is designed to process 2 million tires annually to produce more than 1.6 million gallons of oil, 6,500 metric tons of carbon black and 1,800 metric tons of steel annually, the company said. The cost of a TR-6000 unit will be about $30 million, it said.