The company, which founded in 2013 and registered in north London, said it inherited approximately 1,200m³ of end-of-life tyres (ELTs) at the Airfield Industrial Estate site from the previous operator, who had their licence revoked for non-payment of subsistence fees.
New Recycling bought the site and has applied to the Environment Agency to operate it as a physical treatment facility for non-hazardous waste, proposing to clear the tyres in agreement with the Agency and process the material into rubber chippings.
Paul Droznika, director of New Recycling, told letsrecycle.com: “When we inherited the site from the previous tenants the whole site was stacked with every type of tyre imaginable, plus all types of other wastes.
“The site is approximately 40,000 square feet and every inch of space was so full that we couldn’t even gain access to the yard without climbing over the inward gates, as tyres were even stacked against them.
“With the help from our neighbours on the site who luckily had some big dozers we managed to clear a path so at least we could start tackling the problem.”
The full scale of the tyres New Recycling inherited can be seen in the video below.
New Recycling Ltd has applied to accept, store and treat ELTs and plastic at the Hertfordshire site. With the application set to go for its 28-day consultation, Mr Droznika expects the company to be granted a permit in the next few months.
Mr Droznika says the presence of the tyres at the site led him to apply for an updated permit.
He told letsrecycle.com: “Apart from the car tyres on site there was – and still are – a huge amount of commercial and agricultural tyres, which crazily we were not allowed to process, as this would have been in breach of our exemption permit.”
“The whole site was stacked with every type of tyre imaginable”
He added: “As our business has grown over the years and with the imminent changes to the exemptions, we decided to take the initiative and apply for a full permit which would include treating the commercial tyres.”
The throughput of the site is to be limited to less than 75,000 tonnes per annum, the permit document said.
The Agency is seeking comments on the environmental permit application. These can be provided here. The deadline for submissions is 19 February.
New Recycling processes used tyres into rubber chippings. These chippings are used for equestrian surfaces, gardens and play areas.