Increase in UK tyre recycling sees high demand for QCR’s tyre baler
1st Sep 2014
We’ve had massive interest in our tyre baling machines since we launched them in the UK earlier this year and it’s prompted us to look more deeply into the tyre recycling industry.
The UK does extremely well at reprocessing used or end of life tyres; over half a million tonnes last year, much better than France (300,000 tonnes) and almost equal with Germany (614,000 tonnes) which has a larger population. Once in the hands of an increasingly sophisticated tyre recycling industry, the rubber, carbon black, metal wire and textile fabric which make up a car or truck tyre can be reused. Although a lot of waste tyres are still used for fuel (cement kilns being the most obvious) , processed material from waste tyres is used in safe surfaces for childrens playgrounds, sports tracks and pitches, carpet and flooring underlay and equestrian surfaces. The wire content is particularly valuable as recovered metals prices stay high.
As ever, transport is the main destroyer of value with recyclable materials and this is particularly true for a material as voluminous as tyres. Our tyre balers allow the tyres to be stored, loaded and transported much more efficiently with up to 38 tonnes per 50 foot container.
In the last 6 months 5 tyre recyclers in the South East are now renting a QCR 8500 tyre baler which has a significant throughput of 500 car tyres per hour. For more information about the QCR tyre baler visit //www.qcr.co.uk/qcr-products/qcr-tyre-baler