POSTED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 3:04pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 7:41am
A new tire recycling center will soon be opening in Harlingen’s Industrial Park. The 10-acre facility will use new equipment valued at almost four- million dollars. The operation is the first of its kind in Texas.
“For us the key answer is to recycle the product 100 percent,” says Vice President of Texas Recycling and Processing Marta Martinez. “We are going to be able to recycle 100 percent with no waste and no emissions.”
Current recycling plants in Texas are only designed to shred tires and then redistribute the waste back to landfills. This process helps cut back on volume but doesn’t recycling the tire entirely.
According to Martinez, “Tires are never going to disintegrate they last for one million years.”
This new plant follows a specific three step process to help convert full tires into rubber granules that can be reused.
“The first step is to shred the tire, then we grind and then we are able to pulverize,” says Martinez. “It's a challenge because there is no company like us in the entire state. So we need to do it right and we need to do it right the first time.”
Martinez hopes people begin to recycle tires the same way they would glass or plastic. Plans are in the works to set up tire recycling bins throughout the Valley.
“We can teach them that we need to change our attitude,” says Martinez. “We need to take care of the environment.”
The project is not only environmentally friendly but will also create 30 new jobs for the Valley.