Gradeall Expands Tyre Recycling Footprint to Iceland, Driving Sustainable Practices

By:     Kieran Donnelly

Gradeall has just dispatched a MK2 Tyre Baler, along with a Sidewall & Tread Cutter to a customer in Iceland.

Iceland’s Tyre Recycling Landscape

Iceland, like many countries around the world, faces the challenge of managing a growing volume of tyre waste. The country’s growing automotive industry and increasing vehicle ownership contribute to the accumulation of discarded tyres, which can pose environmental and logistical challenges.

Traditionally, discarded tyres were often disposed of in landfills, but concerns about the environmental impact of landfills and the depletion of space have led to a growing emphasis on sustainable tyre recycling practices. Iceland is actively exploring ways to reduce tyre waste, promote recycling, and minimise the environmental footprint of tyre management.


What is the MK2 Tyre Baler and Sidewall Cutter Capable of?

The MK2 Tyre Baler combined with the Sidewall cutter work great to deal with end of life car and truck tyres. The MK2 Tyre Baler will manage up to 110 car tyres per bale. Larger truck tyres, if they have had their sidewalls cut first, can be baled in the MK2 Tyre Baler where it is possible to get between 26 to 32 truck tyres in a bale depending on whether the sidewalls are baled.

The equipment was first placed inside a 20 Foot shipping container in order to plan the loading layout, although there was little spare space with the equipment in place it all would fit. The aim was to reduce the amount of reassembly the customer has to carry out when the container arrives.

Tailored Solutions for Icelandic Tyre Recycling Operations

An Icelandic client recently acquired Gradeall’s MK2 Tyre Baler and Sidewall & Tread Cutter, with specific operational needs in mind:

  • High Throughput Demand: The equipment was selected for its capability to process a high volume of tyres efficiently, crucial for reducing downtime and boosting productivity.
  • Versatility in Tyre Handling: It was essential that the machinery could accommodate a diverse range of tyre sizes and types, including those from passenger cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.
  • User-Friendly Operation: A key requirement was that the equipment should be straightforward to use and maintain, even for staff relatively new to tyre recycling processes.
  • Contribution to Sustainability: The customer was keen on equipment that aligns with their sustainability objectives, focusing on reducing waste volume, resource conservation, and adopting a circular economy approach in tyre management.

Loading Process

The MK2 tyre baler resting on a horizontal transport frame, this allows it to be loaded safely in a horizontal position into a shipping container without causing any damage to the baler itself.


The MK2 Tyre Baler being loaded first into the container.


The hydraulic power unit is then loaded next, all hoses and electrical connections have been fully labelled to make it as simple as possible to install back onto the machine when delivered. Video and text-based instructions are provided to customers upon delivery of the equipment.


Baling wires are included with the baler to ensure the customer has all they need to start baling once they receive the baler. Anything loaded into the container is also fully strapped down with ratchet straps to ensure nothing moves around while at sea.


The Sidewall & Tread cutter is next to go into the container, this machine requires no reassembly upon delivery.



The container doors close over with a few inches of space to spare.


The quick animation below shows this loading process. For any international orders, Gradeall dispatches MK2 Tyre Balers in 20-foot shipping containers, there is space to also include a Sidewall & Tread Cutter which utilises the container fully.


Streamlined International Shipping Process

Shipping tyre recycling equipment internationally is a meticulous task, and Gradeall upholds stringent packaging and containerization standards to ensure safe and intact delivery.

  • Utilisation of 20-Foot Shipping Containers: These containers are chosen for their spaciousness, accommodating the MK2 Tyre Baler and Sidewall & Tread Cutter along with any additional components or spare parts.
  • Efficient Pre-Shipment Arrangement: To simplify installation at the destination, Gradeall meticulously positions and secures the machinery within the container. All key components, including the hydraulic power unit, electrical systems, and baling wires, are thoughtfully arranged and clearly marked.
  • Comprehensive Customer Support: Gradeall provides extensive documentation and support for international deliveries. This includes detailed setup instructions, instructional videos, and ongoing technical assistance to ensure a smooth setup process and minimal operational disruption.

Customer Endorsement of Gradeall’s Equipment

The Icelandic client has commended the MK2 Tyre Baler and Sidewall & Tread Cutter, noting several significant advantages:

  • Operational Efficiency: The machinery has notably streamlined the tyre recycling process, enhancing processing speed and overall throughput.
  • Effective Waste Volume Reduction: The MK2 Tyre Baler compactly bales tyres, substantially decreasing storage requirements and transportation costs.
  • Advanced Recycling Capabilities: The inclusion of the Sidewall & Tread Cutter has augmented the facility’s ability to efficiently remove sidewalls, facilitating the baling of both car and truck tyres.
  • Simplicity in Use and Maintenance: The equipment’s straightforward design has enabled quick and effective training of new staff, further enhancing operational efficiency.

Q&A on Gradeall’s MK2 Tyre Baler and Sidewall & Tread Cutter for Icelandic Customer

Q: What were the specific requirements of the Icelandic customer for tyre recycling equipment?

A: The Icelandic customer required equipment that offered high throughput for efficient processing of large volumes of tyres, versatility to handle various tyre sizes and types, ease of operation for staff with limited recycling experience, and alignment with their sustainability goals in reducing waste and promoting circular economy practices.

Q: How does Gradeall ensure safe and efficient international shipping of tyre recycling equipment?

A: Gradeall adheres to strict packaging and containerization standards, typically using 20-foot shipping containers to provide ample space for equipment like the MK2 Tyre Baler and Sidewall & Tread Cutter. They meticulously position and secure the equipment within the container to minimize reassembly requirements at the destination and provide comprehensive documentation and support to ensure seamless installation and operation.

Q: What benefits did the Icelandic customer report after installing the Gradeall equipment?

A: The customer highlighted increased operational efficiency with reduced processing times, effective reduction in waste volume leading to lower storage and transportation costs, enhanced capability for recycling both car and truck tyres due to the Sidewall & Tread Cutter, and the equipment’s ease of operation and maintenance.

Q: How does the MK2 Tyre Baler contribute to reducing waste volume?

A: The MK2 Tyre Baler compacts tyres into dense bales, significantly reducing the space required for storing and transporting tyres, thereby aiding in more efficient waste management and cost reductions.

Q: What is the significance of the Sidewall & Tread Cutter in the recycling process?

A: The Sidewall & Tread Cutter is crucial for efficiently removing sidewalls from tyres, making it easier to bale both car and truck tyres. This enhances the recycling capabilities of the facility, allowing for more effective processing of a broader range of tyre types.

Q: Why is ease of operation an important factor for tyre recycling equipment?

A: Ease of operation ensures that the equipment can be quickly and effectively used by personnel, regardless of their experience level in tyre recycling. This reduces the need for extensive training and minimizes the risk of operational errors, thereby improving overall productivity.

Transforming Your Way of Tyre Recycling

To explore how Gradeall’s MK2 Tyre Baler along with a Sidewall & Tread Cutter 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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