SSH Recycling’s plans for a tyre recycling facility at Linwood, Scotland, have been given local planning approval
The approval was given against Scottish Environment Protection Agency advice that the site was a flood risk. As a result, the planning will be called in by Scottish ministers before getting final approval.
The SSH Recycling location is on a brownfield site, which shows the previous occupation was accepted.
A report presented to the board said the applicant identified measures which addressed flood risk, including elevating staff and office facilities above the predicted peak risk level, placing equipment within processing buildings on raised decks, designing buildings with large openings to allow flood water to pass through during a storm and having a bespoke suds drainage system.
The SSH Recycling project would see a plant with the capacity to process some 100,000 tons of tyres per annum.
The Tyre Recovery Association has previously advised Tyre and Rubber Recycling that Scotland’s tyre arisings stand at around 50,000 tons per annum, though the figure is always going to be open to question due to cross-border trade in both new and end-of-life tyres.
With UK Rubber in Motherwell aiming to process a considerable part of those arisings, there could be overcapacity in the Scottish tyre recycling sector in a wider UK market that is already struggling to process in the face of the easy turnaround gained from the export market.