Ok Tedi Mining Limited in Western Province has commissioned a plant to recycle tyres from haul trucks and conveyor belts.
The rubber plant was commissioned recently by OTML’s board of director and chairman ofthe Safety and Technical Advisory Committee Allan Roberts. This was withnessed by staff and management.
The plant will convert thirty years of stock piled haul truck tyres, which therwise would have been disposed in a landfill. Nowthe tyres will be reusable as different products.
Duringthe tour ofthe plant,the conveyor belts began to mover pieces of old conveyor belts and haul tyres through sharp, chopping blades, eventually reducingthem to tiny granules between one and three millimeter’s. The rubber grains are separated from steel reinforcement wires for recycling.
OTML CEO Nigel parker said withthe past environmental misfortunes,the plant is a reverse for better. He said this isthe first plant of its kind to reduce environmental concerns and also a business.
The plant is located at an old tyre yard inthe Tabubil Laydown area.