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World’s Largest Tire Recycling Facility Opens

Genan plantTire recycling company Genan has opened a $140 million plant in Houston with the capacity to recycle approximately 10 million passenger car tire equivalents a year.

Genan, which extracts and produces rubber granulate (crumb rubber), rubber powder and steel from scrap tires, says its new facility is the largest of its kind in the world. The company currently operates the world’s four largest tire-processing plants in Germany and Denmark. This is Genan’s first US manufacturing location and will become the US headquarters for its expansion plans in an effort to capture 10 percent of the American recycled tire market.

The company’s strategic expansion plans include a network of four new plants across the US in the coming years.

Genan’s products are used for synthetic turf installations, playgrounds and recreational facilities, sports tracks and grounds, asphalt roads, building products, flooring, injection molded products, industrial applications, noise insulation and many other purposes and applications. Genan products have been utilized at the last two NFL Super Bowls and are currently in use across the country at a number of professional and college football facilities.

Within 24 months, the Houston plant will be expanded to produce a line of very fine cryogenic rubber powder and a technologically unique devulcanization line for the production of rubber, which will be able to substitute virgin rubber compounds, the company says.

A tire recycling process designed by Environmental Waste International emits 12,166 metric tons fewer carbon dioxide equivalents compared to incineration, and 3,136 metric tons fewer CO2e compared to the production of crumb rubber, according to results reported by consultancy Pinchin Environmental in February.



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One thought on “World’s Largest Tire Recycling Facility Opens

  1. Back in the 1980s, recycling tires meant tying several of them together and dumping them off the seacoast as a way of building artificial reefs to help fish to breed. Guess what? It didn’t work as the oil and the tires would break down and leak out into the ocean, creating “dead zones” where nothing lives.

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