In Finland, the journey of a tyre doesn’t end when its active rotation stops. Instead, TANA helps recycling tyres to recover valuable materials
Finnish Tyre Recycling Ltd, established in 1995, has been at the forefront of tyre recycling. Today, it actively participates in the circular economy by collecting, processing, and marketing recycled materials. With almost perfect 100% recycling rate means that, measured in weight, about 65,000 tonnes of tyres are recycled each year.
Finnish Tyre Recycling has expanded significantly in recent years. It has invested in a new circular economy facility and to tackle tyre processing more efficiently, the organisation acquired a TANA Shark 440DTeco mobile waste shredder.
This shift towards in-house tyre shredding has been driven by economic considerations and the desire for quality control. By handling shredding internally, it has improved cost-effectiveness and can ensure the quality of the tyre shred. Now, the facility produces around six to eight tonnes of shredded tyres per hour.
TANA’s role in this process is to shred tyres and make transportation more efficient. The remaining steel is separated and sent for further processing, benefiting the steel industry.
Finnish Tyre Recycling chose TANA for its reliability and versatility. The TANA Shark 440DTeco offers flexibility in particle size, an essential factor for them. The machine’s durability is also crucial as tyre shredding requires substantial strength to counter friction, stretching, and metal content.
Once shredded, tyres can find new life in various forms. Traditionally used in civil engineering, tyre shred can lighten mass and provide protection against water and heat. In the future, Finnish Tyre Recycling aims to produce more recycled raw materials for the rubber and plastic industry. This means converting tonnes of tyres into rubber granulate and powder annually, with high utility rates.
These materials are used in various applications, from flexible structures to demanding rubber and plastic products.