Tyre Recycling Machines

By:     Kieran Donnelly

Tyre Recycling Machines: A Solution for Combating Global Tyre Waste 

Traditionally, used tyres have simply been thrown loose onto a truck but not only does this mean more space being occupied by fewer tyres, it also means reduced load efficiency.

All of this means more truck journeys and corresponding increased fuel costs which, together, act as a barrier to tyre recycling – which is why tyre waste is such a huge global problem, with many countries hosting large tyre dumps dating back many years.

Benefits of waste tyre recycling machines 

What many people don’t realise, however, is that tyres actually represent highly recyclable materials. That’s because they contain many rich resources and therefore offer great flexibility when it comes to recycling uses: for example, they can be broken down into their constituent elements of wire, fabric and rubber, or even used in civil engineering projects such as road building, embankment construction etc.

Many countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain and France now recognise the value of truck tyres, in particular, as recyclable commodities and have well-established schemes designed to facilitate the recycling of these. In addition, many developing countries are now in the process of developing such schemes as they too begin to realise the value that lies in old waste truck tyres.

Tyre recycling solutions

Essentially, the problem has always been that tyres, in all their various forms, are by their very nature, heavy and bulky. This means that they have always been regarded as very costly to move and, with the final recycling facilities often far away from the collection area, the high cost of transportation is often the deciding factor in dumping being chosen over recycling.

There is a global objective for pursuing tyre recycling solutions. Tyres may not be biodegradable but they can decompose over a period of time lasting between 50 to 80 years, sometimes even more. Recognising this serious and hazardous problem, we’ve created a range of Tyre Recycling Machines here at Gradeall International. 

Tyre recycling machines for sale in the U.K., U.S. and Worldwide

Gradeall is a tyre recycling manufacturer based in Northern Ireland, but we haven’t let that stop us from providing tyre equipment across Ireland, the U.K., U.S. and worldwide. 

We have supplied tyre recycling equipment in Melbourne, tyre recycling machines in South Africa, and recycling machinery to China and the U.S. So whether you’re seeking tyre recycling equipment for sale near Cornwall or Manchester, or need world class machinery further afield, at Gradeall can ensure you get access to industry leading tyre recycling equipment.

Our innovative and high-performing machinery includes; tyre rim separators, sidewall cutters, and tyre balers. We have developed an extensive range to assist in the further processing of waste tyres for the global initiative and for helping businesses increase productivity and efficiency. 

Tyre recycling equipment 

At Gradeall, we believe that tyre recycling machinery should help contribute to tyre recycling efforts, whilst also still being a profitable investment for businesses.

Our tyre recycling range also includes the following range of tyre recycling solutions, MKII tyre baler, tyre rim separator, sidewall cutter and tread cutter, and the agricultural tyre shear.

With solutions available for tyres of all types, Gradeall makes tyre disposal easy and cost effective, regardless of the scale of your recycling needs.

Gradeall Truck Tyre Baler

Recognising the huge problem that truck and bus tyres in particular, represent environmentally – and on a global scale – we set about creating a solution to this problem, the result of which is our truck tyre baler.

Operated by two people, this baler is one of the most cost effective tyre balers found in Europe both in terms of capital as well as operational cost. Using this machine, tyres can be baled into a volume of between 15-20% of the original load, reducing truck journeys by up to 70% greatly reducing transport and fuel costs in the process.

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The machinery we provide ranges from Tyre Balers for all tyre sizes, such as the MK2 and the MK3, to tyre handling and processing machinery such as the Sidewall Cutter and the Tyre Rim Separator

Here’s an overview of what Gradeall International can provide to suit your recycling requirements.

Tyre Balers

Gradeall International offers Tyre Balers to suit your business:

1. The MK2 Tyre Baler

With a force power of 45 tonnes, the MK2 Tyre Baler can create up to 6 PAS108 bales per hour. The system of the baler allows for the reduction of tyre sizes by 80%, with each bale containing up to 110 tyres. This tyre baler is perfect for baling car tyres, though truck tyres can be compacted if they are first handled through a sidewall cutter.

2. The MK3 Tyre Baler

No matter what tyre size you need processing, the MK3 Tyre Baler will do the job. A powerful pressing power of 75 tonnes makes the formation of 3 bales in an hour, each taking approximately 20 minutes and containing up to 140 tyres depending on their size. The MK3 can be equipped with a conveyor to save on the time and effort exerted by the operators in loading the machine. This helps in reducing the overall time needed to load and unload bales from containers as well.

3. Truck Tyre Baler

With a specific design for baling tyre trucks, the Truck Tyre Baler produces bales containing up to 12 truck tyres. The 50 tonnes force of the baler reduces the volume of the truck tyres by 60% and has a chain bale ejection system to easily eject completed bales.

4. Agricultural Tyre Shear

Much of the size of agricultural tyres is air, hence these tyres are not only bulky, but they also take up too much space. The Gradeall Agricultural Tyre Shear has a cutting force of 30 tonnes, which lifts the giant tyres off the ground and cuts them into smaller sizes, allowing for further processing of the tyres.

5. Portable Tyre Baling System

Transporting tyres from their dumping place to the processing facility can be costly, both in time and money. Now you can take the Portable Tyre Baling System to the place where the tyres are and have them processed there. Operated by a three-phase diesel generator, this portable system provides all the qualities of an MK2 Tyre Baler.

Tyre Processing Machinery

Tyre processing machinery helps manage tyres much more effectively, the tyre shredding machinery cuts them into more managable chunks of waste tyre material, which improves the tyre disposal process in your operation. 

For different types of tyres, we offer:

1. Car Tyre Sidewall Cutter

Built specifically to cut the sidewalls of car tyres, this Cutter represents the first step in the process of recycling car tyres. Through cutting the sidewalls of car tyres, the wire bead inside the tyre is removed to facilitate the compaction and shredding of these tyres. The cutter board is far from where the operator stands, to ensure maximum safety.

2. Truck Tyre Sidewall cutter

The Sidewall Cutter by Gradeall is designed to handle tyres of different sizes, from 15” to truck and agricultural tyres. This Sidewall Cutter picks the tyres, cuts the sidewalls then places the tyres back on the ground. The operator stands safely behind the cutter, with three emergency stop buttons in the event of emergencies.

3. Tyre Baler Conveyor

The Conveyor is an excellent add-on to both the MK2 and MK3 Tyre Balers. It can be installed to help reduce the amount of time needed to load the balers, as well as reduce the risk of back injuries suffered by the operators. Loading up to 100 tyres to create one bale is a time and health consuming process. The conveyor enables the operator to easily load the baler with tyres.

4. Tyre Rim Separator

Separating the rims of the tyres from the rubber tyres provides invaluable materials for the steel rim and the rubber tyre. The safety of the operator is ensured by the full closure of the automatic safety guard over the tyre during the separation process. The machine is also operated using two hands, which allows for maximum control.

5. Truck Tyre Rim Separator

Following on the success of the Tyre Rim Separator, the Truck Tyre Rim Separator has been proving its success in separating the steel rim from the rubber tyre. The truck tyre is surrounded by guards to protect both the operators and prevent any debris from flying around.

Tyre recycling machine price 

The tyre recycling machine cost depends on the machine specifications, required dimensions and desired operational extras. The cost of tyre recycling machinery also varies depending on the location of the delivery.

For an accurate quote on a tyre recycling machine price, get in contact with Gradeall where we can also provide a full breakdown of costs. This discovery call also ensures that you are pursuing the right type of tyre recycling equipment that is cost-effective for your operation. 

Tyre Disposal In The UK

Around 55 million tyres are generated in the UK every year. In 2003, whole tyres were banned from being dumped in landfills under the Landfill Regulation Act 2002. In 2006, this was extended to end-of-life tyres and shredded tyres under the 2006 EU Landfill Directive.

Tyre recycling prices

Local recycling facilities in the U.K. will accept tyres, although this is usually capped for personal disposal as opposed to businesses commercial waste. Kent in England for example, only allows for 5 tyres to be deposed per visit at a cost of £2.50 per tyre. 

Reducing the tyre disposal cost uk

Baling tyres is a cost effective option for reducing the tyre disposal cost, read more about why your business should bale tyres.

Tyre recycling machinery for commercial use

For businesses that require a commercial waste tyre disposal solution, Gradeall can supply high quality machinery that will assist your business in this process. 

Get in touch today to see how we can help.

Tyre recycling system 

Using the Gradeall OTR (off-the-road) cutting range, large tyres can be cut down into easy to manage segments weighing under 25Kg which means they can be lifted and moved around by anyone.

The Car Tyre Sidewall Cutter, also further processes passenger type waste tyres for recycling, making them easier to transport and more convenient for recyclable use. This tyre recycling machinery range contributes to an enhanced and localised tyre recycling system. 


Recycled Tyre Uses

These segments of waste tyres, produced by the tyre recycling cutting range, can then be baled, shredded, sent for pyrolysis or any of the further recycling methods that are available to conventional tyres. There are some amazing and innovative solutions for recycling waste tyres. Below we’ll discuss some.


Tyre bales can be used as embankments and foundations under roads – which is particularly useful over soft ground as a solid foundation.


Alternative fuel source

Cement manufacturers use Tyre Bales as a replacement fuel during Cement production. 

This is becoming a more popular fuel for cement manufacturers but issues still remain regarding air pollution. Nonetheless, the level of pollutants are still significantly lower than tyres burnt in the open atmosphere. 

This technique uses significantly fewer fossil fuels and reduces the amount of Tyres going to Landfills.

Crumb rubber

A popular use of recycled tyres is to shred them into crumb rubber, this makes a useful road surface with improved grip over conventional asphalt surfaces. The crumb can be used for artificial fill or Astro Turf in Gardens or Football Pitches, giving much better drainage characteristics than conventional soils. It can also be used as a soft low impact surface for children’s playgrounds.


Benefits of Installing Gradeall Tyre Recycling Machinery

  • Most of our machinery can be remotely logged into for maintenance and repair issues.
  • We offer both breakdown and scheduled services on all machines.
  • We provide expert aftercare and support after purchase.
  • We provide an in-house design and engineering team, who are highly flexible and can make changes and adapt your equipment.
  • The best health and safety processes are embedded in our machinery.
  • We have large inventories of spare parts and are a one stop shop for your equipment needs.
  • Some of our equipment is customizable with colours and logos.
  • Reduces truck journeys by up to 70%, reducing fuel consumption and environmental impact.
  • Combats rising fuel costs.
  • Reduces manual labour needed for transportation.
  • Truck tyres can be baled into a volume of between 15-20% of the original load.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to managing environmental impact.
  • We provide a range of machinery that streamlines the whole tyre disposal process.

Gradeall International Ltd is based in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. We first started out as a manufacturer of coal grading equipment, servicing Northern Ireland and the UK.  Since then we have expanded into the recycling industry and we now supply bespoke waste management and recycling machinery internationally.

Get in touch today to discuss the options available to you.


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