Recycler processes millionth tyre

Published:  30 June, 2021

North-West recyclers BIG ATOM recently processed its one millionth tyre in just three years in its first step towards a fully sustainable operation.

The site is now licenced to process 2,500,000 tyres a year. Once collected from garages across the North West and North Wales, worn tyres are shredded and fed to a granulation line where the rubber is downsized and steel separated.

Around 50% of its recycled products is rubber for equestrian arenas and the construction industry, 20% is recovered steel and the rest is further processed to go into school playground surfacing and the like.

Company founder Alexander Guslisty said: “We have achieved a lot and the 1,000,000th tyre is a nice milestone, but we see this as the start and there’s still a lot of work to be done.”
His ultimate aim is to bring an end to waste entirely by creating a circular economy for polymer materials: “There is a problem with waste travelling thousands of miles on ships which we don’t have control over. We believe that we can solve this problem through our processes.”

For more information, visit https://www.bigatom.co/

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