Plans have been submitted for a tyre recycling facility on the Squires Farm Industrial Estate at Palehouse Common.
Tyres would be shredded, coloured and baled there, with tyre shred/crumb, and bales, going on to be used in construction projects.
Ferrous metal, from tyre wire, produced from the shredding process would be sent to another facility for further recovery.
A design and access statement with the planning application, made by Pyrite Industries, says the site’s industrial setting and ‘appropriate’ transport links would mean the proposed development would require very little change to the site’s infrastructure.
The facility could create up to seven jobs, including drivers, administrative staff, plant operatives and site managers.
The statement says there is no current planning use or readily available planning history for the site, at Yard, Knights Business Centre, but Google Imagery shows the predominate use has been for storage of articulated trailers.
It goes on to say: “The applicant aims to utilise a vacant parcel of industrial land for developing a tyre recycling facility which will assist in the appropriate management of waste End of Life Tyres (ELTs) arising from East Sussex and surrounding areas.
“The applicant is proposing to manufacture the processed ELTs into a commodity which can be re-used in industrial and agricultural sectors.
“Given the emphasis in national policies for the minimisation, re-use and recycling of waste it can be concluded that there is a clear and defined need for facilities such as the existing to diversify and expand in order that national recycling targets can be met, whilst also assisting in compliance with legislation at a national and European level.”
Proposed opening hours
Opening hours for accepting and removing waste are given as:
Monday to Friday 07:00-17:30
Sunday/Bank holidays Closed
Hours for operating plant to process the waste are given as:
Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday 09:00 14:00
Sunday/Band holidays Closed
The statement says waste would be delivered to the site by seven-and-a-half tonne trucks which can carry up to 400 tyres.
It is expected the maximum number of vehicle movements for waste would be
20 movements per day (10 in and 10 out)
120 movements per week (60 in, 60 out)
6,240 movements per year (3,220 in, 3220 out)
Read more about the planning application on East Sussex County Council website. Wealden Council is being consulted about the proposal but a decision on whether to approve will be made by the county council.
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