Sanusi Junid, when he was Menteri Pertanian helped recycle used tyres. He successfully implemented the tukun (artificial reef) project in the fishing grounds off the east coast.
Wonder how many millions of tyres were thrown into the sea for the fishes to breed. If they have not been washed away by the undercurrents, the nelayans will be still reaping their catch.
At Simpang Pulai, Perak, located within an industrial zone are half a dozen factories that burnt used tyres to produce tyre oil which is then sold for refining to downsteam products.The factories have been in operation for the past 5 years.
It costs RM200,000 to set up a factory. Land rental is RM4000 p.m.
The tyres come in all sizes even those of motorcycle tyres. The large tryes are trimmed off the steel rings and then thrown into the furnace to burn. There may be a dozen furnaces to a factory.
SAVE (Sustainable Living Institute) just come to know about these tyre oil factories and 2 tonnes of used tyres had been delivered at RM1800/tonne.
Used tyres lying around are a hazard. They collect water and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.