A tyre dump at Mühlenfeld industrial area near Malchin in Germany is being cleared by a Solar power company.
The tyre dump became the responsibility of the local authority when the operating company went bankrupt. Since then the council has allowed the stockpile to exist uncared for due to the cost of clearing the old tyres.
However, Solar firm, MES is now clearing the tyres and other waste from the site where it intends to develop a solar park. “By the end of the year, we expect to have cleared the tyres,” estimates Johannes Hinrichs of the Parchimer company.
Cleaning up brought several surprises to light. More tyres were stored here than originally estimated. Hinrichs anticipates disposal costs including logistics of about 110 euros per tonne. “But we also found 150 tons of chopped material, which costs around 150 euros per tonne,” says Hinrichs. In addition, 40 tons of various other materials such as construction or packaging material had come to light, which now also have to be removed. MES now expects net disposal costs of 180,000 euros.