SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

BIG ATOM are building a future without rubber waste, no landfills and cleaner oceans.

A world without waste, a better place to live. 

 

  • Our pyrolysis technology is envisaged to save 2.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions for every tonne of rubber processed. We proudly processed our 1,000,000th tyre in April 2021 as we are contributing to the UK government’s Net Zero 2050 target.

 

  • We're in collaboration with the UK’s Department for Transport to develop incentives for refineries to start using raw materials derived from waste. As a member of the Renewable Transport Fuel Association, we're leading the force to increase the UK’s domestic biofuel supply.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Modern recycling is ineffective because it produces low grade materials which are difficult to recuse. Eventually, these materials are no longer useful and must be disposed. We call this a linear economy with slightly prolonged life. 

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By chemically recycling polymers, all recycled materials are like new and can be recycled continuously. Chemical recycling creates an opportunity to unlock the Circular Economy.

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WHERE WE FIT IN

BIG ATOM contributes to the Circular Economy by regenerating tyres that have reached the end of their usable life. Our mechanical processing plant separates the tyres into rubber & steel products, whilst our chemical recycling technology further turns rubber into petrochemicals, ready for new polymer manufacturing.

 

 
 

CHEMICAL RECYCLING

BIG ATOM is developing a new chemical reactor technology which will significantly improve the energy efficiency, cost and yields of valuable products from Chemical Recycling. 

 

The technology will convert old waste tyres into new synthetic rubber. 

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MECHANICAL PROCESSING

RUBBER PRODUCTS

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Our recycling process produces rubber crumb in three size variants, 20 mm, 6 mm and 2mm.

WORN TYRES

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We collect worn tyres from garages across the NW England & North Wales as well as accepting drop-offs from customers across the UK.

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TYRE SHRED

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Tyres are shredded at our facility in Ellesmere Port, generating a product of size

100 mm - 200 mm.

GRANULATION

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Tyre shred is fed to our granulation line where the rubber is further downsized and steel separated.

STEEL WIRE

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We mechanically separate steel wire from the other materials, so that it can be reused.

TEXTILE

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Textiles are extracted at multiple stages throughout our recycling process

BIG ATOM’s first site is licensed to process 25,000 tonnes of waste tyres a year, which is 4% of the UK’s waste tyre market.

 

In 2020, the site was upgraded with new machinery to enable higher production levels and of higher margin product offerings: rubber products, steels, and textiles.

 

These traditional recycling steps are a crucial pre-treatment before chemical recycling.

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