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World's largest tyre shredder primed for UK

The Tyrannosaurus, which has been hailed as the worlds largest tyre shredder, is primed to play a leading role in dealing with this waste stream in the UK.

Cape Machinery International (CMI) is the UK agent for Finnish-based BMH Enviro and has signed a deal with Credential Automotive (CA) for the technology to be used in processing around 70,000 used car tyres per year. It will be installed in the Birmingham area probably sometime between May and July this year.

CMI managing director David Hennessey said: The Tyrannosaurus is the biggest there is and we have got it to process as much as 28 tonnes per hour. Other companies may say they can do more, but that may just be for rough shreds. This machine processes tyres to chips of 50-60mm.

Capable of dealing with around 3,000 items an hour, the purchase represents a huge step forward in the battle to re-use the waste. The machine has capacity for dealing with approximately 20% of all used car tyres in the UK.

A proportion of the tyre chips will be delivered to a cryogenic plant, where they will be frozen in liquid nitrogen and crushed down further to approximately 2mm in size.

CA will use the chip among other things for drainage blankets in landfill sites which will be two metres deep and replace aggregates in such applications.

They will also be used for things such as sports pitches with the tyres coming from all over the UK through its collection service. The machine is monstrous and doesnt take any prisoners and will plough through these very quickly, added Hennessey.

It is also capable of shredding construction and demolition, municipal solid and all commercial and industrial wastes. In various sizes and forms, it is already being used throughout Europe.

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