Mayor Paula Assaly noted during a January 11 council session that she has “several phone calls” from residents about when Ecolomondo is going to start taking used for recycling. Callers told her that they have gone to the company’s Tupper Street location with their old tires and been turned away.
During a phone interview January 15 with the Tribune Express, Jean-François L’Abbé, chief operations officer for the Québec-based company, said that Ecolomondo’s new Hawkesbury plant is not ready yet to start large-scale recycling of old tires. “We are going to start (system) beta testing in a few months,” said L’Abbé.
The goal remains to have the recycling plant start operations this year. But, said L’Abbé, residents will not be able to just drop off their old tires at the work site.
Ecolomondo will arrange for supplies of used tires from registered tire collection outlets like service stations, tire retailers like Canadian Tire or other companies, and private-sector outfits that specialize in collecting recyclable materials for sale on the recyclables market.
Residents who have old tires that they want to dispose of should contact service stations or outlets that sell tires and get information from them on the procedure for brining in used tires for recycling.
Once it begins operation, Ecolomondo’s Hawkesbury plant will use a thermal decomposition process (TDP) to break down old tires for recovery of carbon black, rendered oil, steel, and fibre. The process also results in production of small amounts of methane gas that will assist in fuelling the plant’s heating system and help reduce operation costs. The carbon black, also known as Mondo black, will be sold to markets in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and the recovered steel to metal recycling markets.
Once the tire recycling operation is well established, Ecolomondo will begin plans for the second-phase expansion of its Hawkesbury plant for recycling of all types of used plastic, from single-use plastic bags to farm plastic used for baling hay.