Recyclers Swiers and Grainger received £25,000 from REY to help purchase new equipment including a pre-shredder. The firm will now be capable of treating an extra 6,284 tonnes over the next three years.
Swiers and Grainger director Rowena Grainger believes the production expansion could not have been achieved without REY. She said: Our existing shredding machine had the capacity to shred 360 tyres per hour, but cutting tyres manually meant that we couldnt load feedstock into it quickly enough to achieve that. The new pre-shredder automates tyre cutting. We can now load the main shredder to run to capacity, tripling our productivity.
The shredded rubber produced is used as flooring for riding arenas, which gives good grip to horses, provides a soft landing for riders, allows drainage and does not freeze.
REY project manager Steve Ogden said: Swiers and Grainger is providing an important alternative to energy recovery, landfill engineering and export, which are the other key routes for unusable tyres. This investment has also created a sustainable end-product that other businesses such as equestrian centres value.
More than 48 million tyres are disposed of in the UK each year, a third of which are recycled. An EU Landfill Directive banned whole and shredded tyres from being landfilled in 2003 and 2006 respectively.