Kuwait aims to transform ‘tyre graveyard’ into new city

12th September, 2021.      //   General Interest  // 
Kuwait aims to transform 'tyre graveyard' into a new city - We The World  Magazine
In the north of Kuwait, a 2-square-kilometre (0.7-square-mile) dump has become known as the place where tyres go to die, with some 40 million of them piling up. Now the oil-rich Gulf country has plans to transform the “tyre graveyard” into a site for residential properties.
“We have moved from a difficult stage that was characterised by great environmental risk,” Oil Minister Mohammed al-Fares said at the now empty landfill some five kilometres (three miles) from Al-Jahra province
In past months, trucks loaded with tyres had made more than 44,000 trips from the landfill to Al-Salmi region, near Kuwait’s industrial area, where Fares said they will be temporarily stored.
According to Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sabah, director general of the Environment Public Authority, Kuwait plans to recycle all the tyres and avoid the need for another landfill.
Alaa Hassan, head of EPSCO Global General Contracting, told AFP her firm extracts raw materials from tyres, including elements used to pave roads and sidewalks