How can End-of-Life tyres fight climate change, limit the use of fossil resources and of energy, and contribute to make our cities more sustainable and “smarter”?
Starting from tomorrow and until 16th March, at platform 1 of the Central Railway station of Civitanova Marche, adults and children will find an answer to this question visiting the car set up by Ecopneus on the TrenoVerde (GreenTrain). This is the historical itinerating campaign of Legambiente and Ferrovie dello Stato (the Italian National Railways). Ecopneus is a main partner of the event. This year the campaign is dedicated to a great global challenge: leave the era of fossil resources and stop climate change.
The third car of the train is fully dedicated to the chain of End-of-Life Tyre (ELT) recovery and recycling of Ecopneus. The rubber a tyre is made of is, indeed, a material of great quality used to make “silent”, safe and long-lasting asphalts, football pitches, multi-purpose sports surfaces, soundproofing panels, urban furniture objects, energy, and much more.
The Green Train is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 14:00 for school bookings, and from 16:00 to 19:00 for all visitors. The train is open from 10:00 to 13:00 on Sunday.
Inside the car, the visitors will find a comfortable floor made with over 1,000 kg of recycled rubber, which has been shaped and coloured to reproduce some of its main applications, such as: tennis courts, cycle lanes, or athletics tracks. Illustrations, games, and installations will lead children and adults along an educative path to personally understand the importance of a correct recycling of ELTs and the multiple applications of recycled rubber.
Giovanni Corbetta, General Manager of Ecopneus stated: “Taking part to the TrenoVerde journey – for Ecopneus, it is its third year in a row – is an excellent occasion to show the value and the importance of ELT recycling to the many students and citizens involved, by the means of many fields of applications of this amazing material: from anti-shock mats for playgrounds for the youngest children, to roads; from football and volleyball courts of the school gyms, to bollards; from benches and flower boxes, to insulation materials for the building sector. We dedicate great attention to education, because the culture of environmental protection must be a central value, especially for the younger generations, who are tomorrow’s adult citizens”.
In 2018 Ecopneus collected and managed 8,068 tonnes of ELTs in the Region Marche. At provincial level, 2,377 tonnes were collected in the Province of Ancona, 1,959 in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, 1,611 in Macerata, 1,065 in Fermo, 1,056 tonnes in the Province of Ascoli Piceno.
The TrenoVerde left from Rome on 15th February and it has already stopped in Palermo, Bari, and Naples. It, then, went back to Rome and carried on towards Pescara, Arezzo and Civitanova Marche. The next stops will be Rimini (18-20 March), Padua (22-24 March), Genoa (26-28 March), Turin (30th March-1st April) and Milan (3-5 April).