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WasteWise refines 10,000 tonnes of rubber tyres every year

WasteWise Ltd. receives rubber side streams and car tyres, mainly from industrial sources, and refines them into new products, including field surfacings and raw materials for groundworks, sewage treatment and the process industry. Every year, WasteWise processes around 10,000 tonnes of car tyres.

– We bought a real estate including a tyre crushing plant as well as a recycled rubber crushing business in the ECO3 area in 2018. We introduced new operating concepts and people. We currently have two products: tyre cuttings and rubber granules. These are used unaltered for groundworks and as surfaces for various types of field and riding halls, says Kaisa Suvilampi, the Managing Director.

– The recycled raw materials obtained from the process are incredibly diverse in their applications. This means that we can constantly develop new concepts, operating environments and technologies. In the future, our products may also be adapted for water treatment. We are seeking growth through product development.

Symbiosis with neighbours

WasteWise has identified some key partners for its operations in the ECO3 area. Suomen Kiertoketju Ltd., which is right next door, makes products that use the rubber materials processed by WasteWise.

Suomen Kiertoketju uses pyrolysis to further refine the raw material into reusable oil, carbon, gas and steel components for the chemical industry and energy generation. There is substantial global demand for pyrolysis technology innovations and applications.

The investment project to develop the operations of WasteWise and Suomen Kiertoketju will continue until the end of 2019.

– When the project is over, we intend to commence production operations, but we are also thinking of new things all the time. For example, we will seek growth by designing new products. We are introducing new circular economy operating models in a safe and managed way and ensuring that they work on an industrial scale, Suvilampi says.

The collaboration between the companies could also encompass new operators in the ECO3 area. For example, the surplus heat generated by the process could be used for the needs of other companies.