Pyrum and SUEZ sign exclusivity agreement to build Pyrum’s first pyrolysis plant in the UK

  • During the one-year exclu­si­vity phase, the first site will be iden­ti­fied and the autho­ri­sa­tion process will begin
  • The plant will consist of three pyro­lysis reac­tors with a capa­city of around 20,000 tonnes of used tyres per year

Dillingen /​Saar, 20. June 2023 — Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG (“Pyrum”), a pionee­ring company that sustain­ably recy­cles used tyres with its globally patented, unique pyro­lysis tech­no­logy, and SUEZ recy­cling and reco­very UK Ltd (“SUEZ”) have entered into a one-year exclu­si­vity agree­ment to build Pyrum’s first pyro­lysis plant in the UK.

Under the terms of the agree­ment, the utility company, which is active in the water and waste manage­ment sectors, will iden­tify the loca­tion for the first plant over the next 12 months and initiate the autho­ri­sa­tion process with the support of Pyrum. SUEZ will bear the costs of the autho­ri­sa­tion process. The planned plant will be equipped with three pyro­lysis reac­tors and will have a recy­cling capa­city of around 20,000 tonnes of used tyres per year. The first plant is to be built follo­wing successful authorisation.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: “The Euro­pean rollout of our unique tech­no­logy conti­nues to progress. With SUEZ, we have gained one of the leading compa­nies in the field of sustainable solu­tions and inno­va­tive tech­no­lo­gies for the British circular economy. In future, Pyrum and SUEZ will benefit from each other’s exper­tise. The first site will now be iden­ti­fied as soon as possible. We will then jointly carry out the autho­ri­sa­tion process with the local authorities.”

John Scanlon, CEO of SUEZ recy­cling and reco­very UK: “This agree­ment is an exci­ting mile­stone for SUEZ. As a leader in the deve­lo­p­ment of a resource effi­cient UK circular economy, we are delighted to be working with Pyrum who are also leaders in their field. With our expe­ri­ence in deli­ve­ring new infra­struc­ture, SUEZ is the natural choice to intro­duce this inno­va­tive tech­no­logy to the UK, which will signi­fi­cantly improve the recy­cling of waste tyres and reduce CO2-emis­sions compared to current tyre recy­cling tech­no­lo­gies. We look forward to working toge­ther over the coming year to develop plans for the first UK plant.”

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG is expan­ding its exten­sive and promi­sing pipe­line for the cons­truc­tion of pyro­lysis plants in Europe through its part­ner­ship with SUEZ. The company recently signed letters of intent with several compa­nies for joint projects. In addi­tion, Pyrum is curr­ently in the final phase of expan­ding its main plant in Dillingen /​Saar and is plan­ning a further plant of its own in Homburg, for which a suitable site was recently secured. With the move into the UK, Pyrum and SUEZ are tapping into the promi­sing British recy­cling market for used tyres. Around 50 million tyres (480,000 tonnes) are disposed of in the UK, of which 13.4 million tyres are curr­ently used as an alter­na­tive fuel. The remai­ning tyres are shredded and ground into a new mate­rial, which is used on sports fields or play­grounds — the rest is used for energy reco­very or disposed of in land­fill sites.

About SUEZ

SUEZ recy­cling and reco­very UK employs more than 5,600 people across hundreds of sites and processes more than 10 million tonnes of waste every year — a signi­fi­cant propor­tion of the total waste gene­rated in the UK. Through coll­ec­tion, treat­ment, recy­cling and logi­stics, the company serves more than 30,000 busi­ness custo­mers and millions of house­holds across the country.


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Frederic Hilke
Tel: +49 221 9140 970
E‑mail: pyrum(at)

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG
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66763 Dillingen
E‑mail: presse(at)


About Pyrum Innovations AG

With its patented pyro­lysis tech­no­logy, Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG is active in the attrac­tive recy­cling market for used tyres and various plas­tics. Pyrum’s pyro­lysis process is largely energy self-suffi­cient and, accor­ding to the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute, saves signi­fi­cantly more CO2 emis­sions than today’s stan­dard recy­cling processes for used tyres — espe­ci­ally compared to inci­ne­ra­tion in cement plants — and produces new raw mate­rials such as pyro­lysis oil, gas and recy­cled carbon black (rCB) from the waste used as input mate­rials. In this way, Pyrum closes the mate­rial cycle and pursues a 100% sustainable busi­ness model. As a pioneer, Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG was the first company in the waste tyre recy­cling sector to receive REACH regis­tra­tion from the Euro­pean Chemi­cals Agency (ECHA) for the pyro­lysis oil it produces back in 2018. This means that the oil is reco­g­nised as an offi­cial raw mate­rial that can be used in produc­tion processes. In addi­tion, Pyrum has received ISCC PLUS certi­fi­ca­tion for the pyro­lysis oil and the rCB. Both products are ther­e­fore reco­g­nised as sustainable and rene­wable raw mate­rials. Pyrum has also received ISO 14001 certi­fi­ca­tion for its envi­ron­mental manage­ment system and ISO 9001 certi­fi­ca­tion for its quality manage­ment system. These successes have also been reco­g­nised by inter­na­tional experts in the tyre industry. For example, Pyrum was hono­ured at the first Recircle Awards in the cate­gory Best Tyre Recy­cling Inno­va­tion and has been a fina­list for the German SME award three times in a row.