At a meeting of officials concerned with industrial waste, Yuri Degtaryov, an agency head of the LNR Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Safety said that Ukroresursy installed the first Fortan 4 facility for recycling of industrial waste under the Ministry’s control:
We have a monstrous accumulation of waste in our Republic. When military operations began in the LNR, we already had 1.2 billion tons of waste. Previously, most of our industrial waste went for recycling in Donetsk and in Dnepropetrovsk Oblast; the rest went for processing in Lisichansk and Rubezhnoe. Since the Ukrainian blockade of the LNR and DNR prevented us sending waste for treatment, it created all the prerequisites for creating a full-blown environmental emergency related to waste accumulation in our territory. Now, we face the task of countering these Ukrainian actions to prevent deterioration in the ecological situation in the Republic.
The “first fruits” of this was Ukroresursy installing a Fortan 4 facility to process rubber waste, including tires. Today, we see the how our business sector is going in that direction. They brought a Fortan 4 unit, made in the Crimea, and put it into operation. It acts using thermal pyrolysis, and so far it’s processed more than 50 tonnes of tires. It also can recycle certain types of medical waste… syringes, gloves, etc. This recycling process turns all waste into raw materials for further processing. The end-products are carbon polymers and steel alloys, along with oil that can be used as diesel fuel.
Andrei Tsereteli, Director of Ukroresursy, went on to say:
We can dispose of any polymer at this facility. By recycling waste rubber and tires, we get nearly 50 percent of the input weight as liquid fuel. For example, 10 tonnes of waste produces 5 tonnes of liquid fuel. Of the rest, 10-15 percent is scrap metal and the rest is carbon polymers. The installation takes 8-10 hours to recycle 2 tonnes of waste. Pyrolysis is absolutely safe for the environment, there are almost no emissions into the air. However, we still have difficulties with dealing with the end-products. For example, we haven’t been able to sell the steel alloy. Almost all of its stuck in the warehouse.
Deputy Chairman of the Government Aleksandr Kravtsov promised:
We’ll help with marketing and creating a demand in the marketplace for these products.
LNR Ministry of Industry staff at the meeting reported that there are 28 companies processing scrap metal in the Republic; they promised to get them and Ukroresursy together.
20 January 2016
LITs Lugansk Information Centre