BIG ATOM are building a future without rubber waste, no landfills and cleaner oceans.
Our pyrolysis technology has the potential to save 2.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions for every tonne of rubber processed. In April 2021, we processed our 1,000,000th tyre, helping to contribute to 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 drive to increase the UK’s domestic biofuel supply.
Modern recycling techniques are ineffective because they produce low grade materials, which are difficult to reuse. Eventually, these materials are no longer useful and must be disposed. We call this a linear economy with slightly prolonged life.
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.
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. Our chemical recycling technology further turns rubber into petrochemicals, ready for new polymer manufacturing.
BIG ATOM is developing a new chemical reactor technology which will significantly improve the energy efficiency, cost and yields of valuable products from our chemical recycling operations.
The technology will convert old waste tyres into new synthetic rubber.
Our recycling process produces rubber crumb in three size variants, 20 mm, 6 mm and 2mm.
We collect worn tyres from garages across the NW England & North Wales as well as accepting drop-offs from customers across the UK.
Tyres are shredded at our facility in Ellesmere Port, generating a product of size
100 mm - 200 mm.
Tyre shred is fed to our granulation line where the rubber is further downsized and steel separated.
We mechanically separate steel wire from the other materials, so that it can be reused.
Textiles are extracted at multiple stages throughout our recycling process
Our first facility in Ellesmere Port was opened in 2018 and is licensed to process up to 25,000 tonnes of waste tyres a year, which is 4% of the UK’s waste tyre supply.
In 2020, we upgraded our processing line to enable the production of higher quality rubber and steel products . We continue to improve our machinery to meet the highest industry standards for recovered rubber and steel products.
Mechanical processing is a crucial step to prepare the feedstock for chemical recycling.