Trainload of tires trapped in Latvia

  • 1998-11-05
  • Daniel Silva
RIGA - The economic crisis in Russia has left 100 train carriages full of used tires stranded in Latvia and authorities are not sure what to do with them.The tires originated in Norway and were supposed to travel by train through Latvia en route to a company in Russia that was going to reprocess them.Tires, which have a high oil content, are often used by cement factories as a cheap form of fuel. Approximately 20 percent of the stranded tires were still reusable, with the rest destined to be burned as fuel.When the ship with the tires arrived in Latvia, 1,600 tons of them, about 90 percent ...
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