KUWAIT: This file photo shows used tires in the northern area of Rahya. - KUNA

KUWAIT: The Environment Public Authority (EPA) issued yesterday new licenses to companies to dispose used tires in the northern area of Al-Rahya, and to evacuate South Saad Al-Abdullah residential site from any hazardous materials, in preparation to be handed over to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare.

EPA Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Authority Sheikh Abdullah Al-Sabah said that the issuance of these licenses came as a result cabinet decisions assigned to EPA to supervise the condition of Al-Rahaya area and take the necessary measures to get rid of used tires in that area as soon as possible.

Sheikh Abdullah added that this step also came to recycle tires, convert them to be used in factories, and use them in industries and activities to convert waste into energy inside and outside Kuwait. The chairman added the step is also to improve the environment in the country and contribute to waste recycling activities. He mentioned that the number of tires in that region ranges between 30 and 50 million, according to the concerned authorities' reports. - KUNA