Gradeall’s MK3 Tyre Baler Redefines Tyre Recycling with Container-Optimised Bale Design

By:     Kieran Donnelly

At Gradeall, we are constantly seeking new and innovative ways to streamline the tyre recycling process. We listen to our customers and we design tyre recycling machinery that meets their operational needs.

The MK3 Tyre Baler has been designed to make the process of loading waste tyre bales onto shipping containers much more efficient and productive.

Global Impact of Tyre Waste

The international challenge posed by tyre waste is immense, with approximately 1.5 billion tyres discarded each year. This burgeoning waste stream presents substantial environmental concerns, as improper disposal of tyres can lead to:

  • Landfill Overcrowding: Tyres take up valuable space in landfills, accelerating the depletion of available landfill capacity.
  • Environmental Pollution: Discarded tyres can release harmful chemicals into the soil and water, contaminating ecosystems and posing health risks.
  • Breeding Sites for Mosquitoes: Tyres that accumulate water become breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Fire Risks: Piles of discarded tyres are highly flammable and can emit toxic fumes when burned, posing significant fire hazards.

A Tyre Baler Suitable for Shipping Containers

The MK2 tyre baler has been a successful product for Gradeall, in production for over 10 years it has found customers across the globe. However, one thing some customers have found is that regular PAS108 tyre bales are slow and laborious to load into a shipping container.

While PAS108 bales are great for civil engineering applications the actual bale size is not really important for tyre recycling plants. The key thing then is to make transporting tyre bales to recycling plants as easy and as efficient as possible.


Tyre bales are transported via shipping container to a recycling plant and with a PAS108 bale, it requires 3 bales to be stacked on top of each other and loaded horizontally, with one bale loaded in beside it vertically. It is turning the 4th bale vertically which significantly adds time to container loading and unloading.

The MK3 tyre baler is the solution, it produces tyre bales specifically to go into the width of a standard shipping container, with ample space to spare, ensuring that the bales are also easy to remove.

Benefits of the MK3 Tyre Baler

The MK3 Tyre Baler provides many benefits to tyre recycling facilities. Our goal at Gradeall is to provide innovative and high-performing machinery that is also a long-term investment. Check out the benefits of the MK3 Tyre Baler below.

  • Can produce bales that can be loaded straight into a shipping container.
  • Reduce 40-foot container loading times from 1 hour to 20 minutes
  • 20-22 MK3 tyre bales in a container, compared with 33 MK2 tyre bales
  • Produce bales containing 130-140 tyres per bale
  • Bales typically weigh 1200Kg
  • Container loading/unloading is easier, quicker and safer
  • Can compress up to 140 tires into one single bale.
  • 75 tonnes of force applied onto tires.
  • Extensively strengthened to deal with the additional force.
  • Can produce 20-22 bales to fill an entire container.
  • Reduce container loading times by up to 60%.
  • Features an easy-to-load baling chamber.

At Gradeall, we are committed to designing and manufacturing innovative solutions that are based on our customer’s needs. The MK3 Tyre Baler is our latest example of that commitment.

Gradeall has had several MK3 tyre balers at a number of sites undergoing extensive testing for over a year and is now confident to release this baler on sale, with the same ease of use and durability the MK2 tyre baler has been known for.

Click here to find out more about the MK3 tyre baler.


We take into account the whole tyre disposal process, from separating the rims of tyres with a Tyre Rim Separator to stripping the sidewalls off with a Sidewall Cutter Machine, before eventually baling them with the MK2 Tyre Baler or MK3 Tyre Baler. We design adaptable machinery that can be tailored to meet your unique operational requirements.

If you would like to speak to someone about our range of tyre processing machinery, you can contact the Gradeall team for expert advice and guidance.

Tyre Baler for Sale in the U.K., U.S., Australia and More

Gradeall has supplied its tyre recycling machinery across the world. We have built a strong reputation for being international manufacturers of leading tyre recycling machinery. Check out our case studies of previous tyre recycling equipment that was delivered to operations based in Spain, Iceland and Australia.

The Gradeall range of tyre recycling machinery is built to streamline the entire tyre recycling process, whilst creating profitable and worthwhile investments. Will your tyre recycling operation be next?

Economic Advantages of the MK3 Tyre Baler

The MK3 Tyre Baler brings numerous economic benefits to tyre recycling enterprises:

  • Transportation Cost Reduction: By producing optimally sized bales for container loading, the MK3 Tyre Baler cuts down the number of truckloads needed for transport, significantly saving on fuel and related costs.
  • Labour Efficiency: The baler’s efficient process and streamlined loading/unloading procedures reduce manpower needs, thereby decreasing labour costs and boosting productivity.
  • Enhanced Container Capacity: The MK3 Tyre Baler fits up to 22 bales in a 40-foot container, maximising space utilisation and reducing shipping costs.
  • Improved Operational Efficiency: Gains in efficiency, from quicker loading times to increased container capacity and optimised transport, result in overall operational cost savings.

Distinctive Features of the MK3 Tyre Baler

The MK3 Tyre Baler distinguishes itself from other tyre balers with its unique attributes:

  • Bale Size Optimised for Containers: The MK3 Tyre Baler produces bales that fit perfectly into standard shipping containers, eliminating the need for additional handling.
  • Streamlined Loading and Unloading: Its user-friendly baling chamber and simplified procedures expedite the tyre baling process, conserving time and labour.
  • High-Density Bales: The baler creates dense, compact bales, maximising space in containers and reducing transportation costs.
  • Durability and Dependability: Gradeall is known for its robust, high-quality machinery, ensuring the MK3 Tyre Baler’s longevity and continuous operational capability.

Full range of Tyre Baling Machines

The MK3 Tyre Baler is part of a fleet of our existing tyre baling machinery. Depending on your operational needs and the type of tyres that are handled, the MK2 Tyre Baler or the Truck Tyre Baler may be more suitable. Check out the benefits of each machine below.

MK2 Tyre Baler

The MK2 Tyre Baler is still a popular tyre recycling machine that has aided many operations in handling their waste tyres. Check out the features below.

  • Can compress up to 110 tires into one single bale.
  • Produces Industry Standard PAS108 bales.
  • Can produce 4-6 bales per hour.
  • Reduces the volume of tires by up to 80%.
  • Can be adjusted to bale other materials such as plastic, carpet, wool, etc.
  • Is able to be operated by one person.
  • Features a remote monitoring system, ensuring that problems are spotted before they become huge issues.

Truck Tyre Baler

The Truck Tyre Baler has been built to handle larger tyres from trucks or lorries. If your operation mainly deals with these types of tyres, it could be a more suitable machine. Check out the features of it below.

  • Can produce bales containing up to 12 truck tires.
  • Can fit between 40-44 completed truck tyre bales into a 40-foot container or trailer.
  • Reduces the volume of truck tires by up to 60%.
  • Features a chain bale ejection system.
  • 45 tonne compaction force.
  • Semi-automatic operation.

Tyre recycling machine price

The price of the tyre baler will depend on various factors including the delivery location, operational requirements, additional features, etc. In order to get an accurate quote, it is best to give us a call or fill in our enquiry form via the contact page.

A discovery call will ensure that you’re investing in the right type of tyre recycling equipment for your operation. We can recommend machinery that will enhance productivity and efficiency depending on the volume of tyres handled, the type of tyres handled, and your specific requirements.


What does the Future hold for Tyre Recyling Technology?

Gradeall is dedicated to advancing tyre recycling technology with a focus on:

  • Automated Bale Handling: Developing systems for automated bale management to further reduce labour needs and enhance efficiency.
  • Material Recovery and Reuse: Investigating new technologies for extracting and reusing valuable materials from tyre waste, promoting sustainable resource use.
  • Energy-Efficient Baling: Enhancing the baling process to minimise energy use and reduce the environmental impact of tyre recycling.
  • Integration of AI and Machine Learning: Employing artificial intelligence and machine learning to refine tyre recycling processes, predictive maintenance, and quality assurance.

Q&A For Gradeall’s MK3 Tyre Baler

Q: What sets Gradeall’s MK3 Tyre Baler apart in tyre recycling?

A: The MK3 Tyre Baler from Gradeall has been innovatively designed to make the process of loading waste tyre bales into shipping containers significantly more efficient and productive. It represents a step forward in streamlining tyre recycling operations.

Q: What are the global environmental impacts of tyre waste?

A: The global impact of tyre waste is profound, with approximately 1.5 billion tyres discarded annually. This waste poses environmental challenges such as landfill overcrowding, soil and water pollution, breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and fire hazards.

Q: How does the MK3 Tyre Baler improve the shipping container loading process?

A: The MK3 Tyre Baler produces tyre bales specifically sized to fit the width of standard shipping containers, with ample space to spare. This design ensures that the bales are easy to load and unload, making the process quicker and more efficient.

Q: What are the benefits of the MK3 Tyre Baler for tyre recycling facilities?

A: The MK3 Tyre Baler offers numerous advantages, including the ability to produce bales that can be directly loaded into shipping containers, reduced container loading times, increased number of bales per container, and a more efficient, safer loading and unloading process.

Q: What makes the MK3 Tyre Baler distinct from other tyre balers?

A: The MK3 Tyre Baler is unique due to its container-optimised bale size, efficient loading and unloading processes, production of high-density bales, and its durability and reliability.

Q: What is Gradeall’s approach to tyre recycling machinery?

A: Gradeall is committed to designing and manufacturing innovative solutions tailored to customer needs. Their approach involves considering the entire tyre disposal process and designing adaptable machinery like the MK2 Tyre Baler or MK3 Tyre Baler to meet unique operational requirements.

Q: Where has Gradeall supplied its tyre recycling machinery?

A: Gradeall has supplied its tyre recycling machinery globally, building a reputation as an international manufacturer of leading tyre recycling machinery. They have delivered equipment to operations in countries like Spain, Iceland, and Australia.

Q: What economic advantages does the MK3 Tyre Baler offer?

A: The MK3 Tyre Baler brings economic benefits like reduced transportation costs, increased labour efficiency, enhanced container capacity, and overall improved operational efficiency, resulting in significant cost savings.

Q: What future developments in tyre recycling technology is Gradeall focusing on?

A: Gradeall is focusing on developing automated bale handling systems, technologies for material recovery and reuse, energy-efficient baling processes, and integrating AI and machine learning to enhance tyre recycling processes and equipment efficiency.

Transforming Your Way of Tyre Recycling

To explore how Gradeall’s The MK3 Tyre Baler can drive circular tyre economies while maximising efficiency and cost savings, contact a tyre waste specialist at 02890844567.

The team can advise on the ideal baler model and capacity for your tyre volumes and assist with installation, operator training, and maintenance planning.

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Transform tyre waste from an environmental liability into an asset with Gradeall’s baler driving your circular economy program. Follow Gradeall on Facebook and LinkedIn for more waste management insights.

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