On May 17th we celebrate the International Day for Recycling as an opportunity to redirect the behavior of all citizens about this easy tool to help and improve our planet.
Today, we have to regret the fifth day since a fire began in the biggest tire dump in Europe, between Seseña and Valdemoro.
Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, but are increasingly thinking that it might have been deliberate. The fire started in three different points, even though it was raining hours before and even in high humidity environment. Considering the speed of the flames at that moment, they suspect that the author used some heavy fuel. The tire dump only had security from Monday to Friday 8:00 to 16:00h, since February.
Soltécnica Renovables Group has estimated that with the adequate recycling system, it is possible to obtain per ton “410 kg of fuel, 500 kg of carbon black and 130 kg of high quality steel” from tires, and it would produce 80 millions of euros of benefits.
Around 50,000 tons of tires have been burned: 63% of the global number of tires in the cemetery. This figure is equivalent to the total amount of tires dropped to recycling in Spain through three months.