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Tyre processing site will be ready for action

A north east site that aims to convert old tyres into re-useable material should be operating at full capacity by the time new UK landfill regulations come into force.

The plant, currently under construction at the Seaton Meadows facility in Hartlepool is owned by Alab Environmental Services and should be processing before July this year.

Alab Environmental Services operations director Ian Fenny said: “From July, tyres, whether shredded or in any other form will be banned from disposal in landfill sites. Across the UK, over 436,000 tonnes of tyres need to go for disposal every year, so we expect that demand for the kind of facility we are building will be enormous.

“While we will initially be producing tyre chips for the construction industry, in the longer term it can be used for a very wide range of rubber-based products and we expect that new applications will come on stream next year.”

Five new jobs will be created at the site that will initially use the tyre chip produced from the plant to replace aggregate stone in construction works.

The operation will reduce the need to quarry natural materials, while the company is actively involved in research and development on other potential applications such as safety matting.

Fenny added: “We have already identified customers and we believe that this facility, which represents a significant investment, will be a key component of the company’s future.

“It will bring clear economic and environmental benefits for the local community, increasing the quantities of material which can be recovered and recycled in line with both UK and European targets.”

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