By Oliver Hall
An exciting new recycling scheme for old tyres is providing jobs and a green solution for the construction and civil engineering world.
Recycled tyres bales answer the challenge of environmentally friendly tyre recycling while providing civil engineers with a product of consistent quality and known physical properties
Tyne and Wear based North East Tyre Recycling Ltd is set to create four jobs immediately with four more over the coming summer by becoming one of the first firms in the North to manufacture tyre bales to British Standard PAS 108 for supply to the construction and civil engineering sectors.
The bales also provide an environmentally-friendly way of disposing of scrap tyres and also save contractors using finite resources such as gravel or stone.
They can be used as land barriers, roadway foundations and flood defence walls. Since the BSI standard for the bales is relatively new, North East Tyre Recycling is working with the construction industry to identify new uses for the tyre bales.
The company has invested in the design and manufacture of a bespoke hydraulic tyre baler, and in a staff training program to ensure the bales are manufactured to consistent quality standards.
The tyre bales measure 1.5 x 1.3 meters, weigh between 8-900 kilos and are composed of between 120 and 150 crushed tyres. They are increasingly used in the construction, marine and civil engineering sectors since they form a solid wall or infill with good drainage.
Peter Moody, managing director of North East Tyre Recycling, said: “The BSI standard is a great step forward for the tyre recycling industry and provides useful material for the construction industry.
“We intend to be market leaders in the supply of PAS 108 bales here in the UK and the EU. We have invested in machinery and training, and are in interesting discussions with the civil engineering and marine construction sectors.
“These bales answer the challenge of environmentally friendly tyre recycling while providing civil engineers with a product of consistent quality and known physical properties.”