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Sapphire now capable of dealing with 30 million tyres annually - COMMENT UPDATE

The first load of end of life tyres has been delivered to a new processing facility in Manchester with Sapphire Energy Recovery (SER) now capable of disposing of 30 million UK tyres a year.

A total of £1 million has been invested in the plant making it capable of handling up to seven million car and van tyres annually from Liverpool, Preston and Greater Manchester.

SER sales and marketing manager Ryan Miffin said: “The Manchester site, our seventh nation-wide now means we can accommodate the processing and disposal of used tyres from most of the UK’s major conurbations.”

“This additional facility means that Sapphire can now process and supply for disposal more than 200,000 tonnes (30 million tyres) each year.”

The opening coincides with the signing of a major contract that will see Vellco Haulage collect and deliver all scrap tyres from ATS tyre replacement centres into the company’s seven nationwide processing facilities.

ATS Euromaster quality director Roy Hinde said: “Sapphire’s Manchester operation is set to become an integral part of our business, ensuring a secure, environmentally superior disposal route for our tyres.

“We are proud to be the first to provide tyres for Sapphire’s new Manchester facility.”

The site forms part of a £12 million investment programme the company are engaging in over the next six years, and will be officially opened by Beverley Hughes MP on June 30.


08-06-2006: What is happening to the resulting material from the processed tyres? Is it being used as a raw material for new products? John Mathias

08-06-2006: The material from the processed tyres is being used as a fuel for cement kilns, with steel from the tyre used in the cement. Lynne Overett, community relations manager, Sapphire Energy Recovery

09-06-2006: Note that prepare and sell tyres/crumb for burning in cement kilns. Isn't this a short sighted investment with burning to be banned by 2008? Better

09-06-2006: To our knowledge there are no plans to ban the incineration of tyres in 2008. In fact burning tyres comes under the Waste Incineration Directive which came into force in December 2005. In the permitting process, the cement industry has demonstrated to the Environment Agency's satisfaction that this is the best form of recovery available for this material. Lynne Overett, community relations manager, Sapphire Energy Recovery

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