A new high-speed flat-packing system should make it easier to store and recycle used tyres.
The new SymTyre-S300 semi-automatic tyre cutter is small enough to be used by neighbourhood garages, and reduces a tyre in 60 seconds for it to be recycled or used as feedstock for an energy from waste facility.
Tyres are cut into three parts using the process – the two sidewalls and the tread. It then makes a transverse cut of the tread, turning it into a strip of rubber.
Symphony Recycling Technologies, which manufactures the equipment, is planning to offer the machines on a sale or rental basis and plans to offer a collection service for the flat-packed tyres from garages and tyre depots.