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Management of waste tyres, Oman

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Waste tyres from vehicles are often improperly stored and disposed of in Oman, and the lack of proper management of the tyres pose a potential threat to human health and the environment. COWI is identifying solutions for the management of the waste tyres.

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.

Minimising health and environmental impacts

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.

Maximising recycling

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.

Creating new jobs

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.

LAST UPDATED: 10.03.2014