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The number of vehicles in Oman has increased considerably over the past five years, urging the need to identify feasible solutions for the management of waste tyres in the Sultanate. The Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (OESHCO) has hired COWI & Partners LLC to carry out a feasibility study and an action plan on the management of the tyres.
Today, the majority of waste tyres are either stockpiled or illegally dumped. This improper handling of the tyres is a threat to public health and to the environment. One of the objectives of COWI's feasibility study is to develop a management plan for the collection, storage, processing and/or disposal of waste tyres which considers the costs involved and which minimises the threat to public health and to the environment.
The plan also takes into account recycling of the tyres. Presently, about three million used tyres are stored in landfills in the Dhofar region. If recycled, these worn-out tyres would yield approximately 20,000 tonnes of raw material.
Finally, the plan suggests active involvement of the private sector to ensure enhanced waste management practices and to promote potential employment opportunities for local citizens.
COWI has carried out similar studies of waste tyres in Moscow and of waste car accumulators in Bulgaria.
CustomerOman Environmental Services Holding Company (OESHCO)
Period January to June 2011
Waste management planning
Recycling and life cycle assessment
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