- 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.
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.