The “Galapagos free of used tires” initiative allowed this Monday, December 16, 2019, 9,600 of these elements were taken out of that Ecuadorian island territory.
The Ministry of Environment (MAE) reported that 7,000 tires were extracted from San Cristobal Island and another 2,600 from Santa Cruz to be recycled in the continent. This is a new impulse to the conservation of this ultramarine ecosystem, considered Natural Patrimony of Humanity since 1979.
This was possible thanks to a framework agreement between the MAE and the Seginus company to strengthen the integral management of solid waste in the country. These tires will be delivered to qualified environmental managers so that they have another utility, with which the country is inserted in the so-called circular economy.
The MAE indicates that the accumulation of these elements in improper disposal sites can cause serious damage and harmful effects to the environment and public health.
On the other hand, he points out, the lack of knowledge about the integral management of used tires and the lack of citizen environmental awareness has caused a limited or no use of this type of waste. The objective is that all used Galapagos tires be removed, both from the final disposal sites and from service points such as lubricators, retreaders, vulcanizers, etc.
The MAE said that in January 2020 another 5,000 will be removed from Santa Cruz Island. In San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz, 15,000 tires are reported out of use in unsuitable final disposal sites.