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Two businesses win WRAP tyre competition

The first Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) capital support competition to help businesses increase their tyre reprocessing capacity has awarded grants to Aquablast, Bristol Tyre Shredding and McGrath Bros.

The competition was opened to anyone involved in the reprocessing of post-consumer tyre waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.

WRAP project manager for tyres Steve Waite said: WRAP has supported companies eligible for financial assistance with up to 30% of the capital start-up costs, which include purchasing land, developing new infrastructure and buying tyre reprocessing equipment. The enhanced capacity put in place with these projects has helped increase recycling of used tyres into value-added markets.

Bristol Tyre is new to the tyre processing market. WRAP has supported it with funding for a shredding machine and ancillary equipment.

McGrarth is based in Hackney close to the new Olympics site. WRAP is supporting McGrarth to purchase tyre shredding and granulating equipment along with a loading shovel and grab machine.

Great Yarmouth-based Aquablast has developed bespoke machinery to remove tyre rubber from the reinforcing steel using high pressure water blasting. WRAPs support has enabled the company to create a production machine which will provide the unique ability to process large earthmover tyres.

Aquablast managing director Donald Blair said: We are delighted that our bid for WRAPs capital support funding was successful. The contribution to this project, both in terms of financial and advisory input, will make a big difference.

Construction of a pilot process specifically to deal with larger tyres such as earthmover and the bigger agricultural sizes will address a pressing disposal problem and will lead to development of a large-scale facility in 2008.

Some 48 million used tyres are disposed of in the
UK each year and recent legislation that bans tyres from landfill poses serious challenges to Government and business.

Waite added: The funding of the projects will play a part in helping to increase the
UK s tyre reprocessing capacity and recycle a portion of the high tonnage of used tyres produced by the UK each year.

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