A rubber recycling plant in South Wales, which uses liquid nitrogen for the reprocessing of used tyres, is up and running and expects to reprocess more than 30,000 tonnes of used tyres each year.

The process involves using the liquid nitrogen to freeze tyres until brittle, then smashing the waste products into tiny pieces with specialist hammering equipment and producing rubber $quot;crumbs$quot; for use as sports pitches or rubber flooring.

TyreGenics' new £4m plant, as revealed in Gasworld last February, is creating 25 jobs and is expected to recycle around 9,000 car tyres per year. Situated at Neath Port Talbot and supported by the Welsh Assembly Government, the business is said by its owners to be among the most advanced of its kind in the world.

Mark Wyatt, of TyreGenics UK, highlighted the economic benefits of the plant as he commented, $quot;Instead of those going for landfill, drainage or being burnt in cement kilns, they are getting recycled into a usable product.$quot;

The business is a joint venture between majority shareholder Credential Environmental, BOC Gases and the Canadian artificial sports pitch business Field Turf Inc and already has contracts in place to sell 90 percent of the $quot;crumb$quot; product, according to its owners.