Nigeria firm turning tires into tiles, bricks
According to a report by the Tire Industry Project, one billion end-of-life tires are generated globally every year.
And an estimated
four billion are currently in landfills and stockpiles worldwide.
But in Nigeria, one
company is helping to reduce waste through recycling.
Freee Recycle is
transforming old tires into paving bricks, floor tiles, flip flops and other
goods and since its launch in 2018, the company have recycled over 400,000 tires
into new products.
Ifedolapo Runsewe says it's not hard to spot the problem of waste on Nigeria's
The tires are
processed and ground into small pieces. They're then mixed with an adhesive
that lets workers shape the waste into all manner of products.
Tires are quite
versatile in terms of the materials they are made from, talk of the rubber,
which is mostly what we work with here, and even the steel, which is quite
valuable, says Runsewe. And then you also have the fiber as well, which has its
own uses and application.
The company's most
popular product is its rubber paving stone, which costs about $60 for a set of
The slightly higher
cost of Freee products is due to their extended shelf life compared to their
traditional counterparts, the company says.
The products are
available in major Nigerian cities, including Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt.
Oyo state coordinator of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, says one of the
challenges will be getting the raw materials down to these sites.
believes it has prevented more than 8,100 tons of CO2 emissions since it began.
they're making good use of material, which is usually sent to waste or burnt,
which causes major air pollution, says Eid Zouki, a construction engineer, who
recently commissioned Freee Recycle to supply a flooring solution for a school.