Recycling technology

Renewable solutions for the world's scrap tyre problems.

Waste to value

Recovery of valuable components from scrap tyres.

What is w2v?

w2v responds to a profound need to see some of our waste used to create value. Tyres are a prime example of this: incredibly useful in their first years of life, they are very hard to dispose of without severely impacting the environment. They also constitute a health hazard in helping to harbour some of the world’s diseases like dengue and malaria.

The challenge

There are currently over 10 billion scrap tyres around the world. Dumping, and failing to dispose of scrap tyres can lead to an elevated danger of fire, rodent infestation, and ground-pollution. Mosquitoes breeding in the water inside scrap tyres will spread Malaria, Dengue Western Nile fever, Filariasis, and other diseases. It is estimated that another 1.5 billion tyres become scrap every year.

Scrap tyres also take up a vast amount of space in workshops, garages and in transit, and are an unsightly and unproductive use of land. They are often disposed of illegally and most of them cannot and should not be put into landfills. A solution has to be found.

The Symphony solution

SRT has recently completed a major project with Imperial College London, Cobham Microwave, Artis, ABB, and Hughes Pumps. The project was funded by the UK government to investigate ways of creating valuable products from scrap tyres, and commercialisation is now in progress.

In the meantime Symphony has announced the SymTyre-S300 - which can reduce a scrap tyre into flat-pack components within 60 seconds.

How it works

The technology behind w2v renewable solutions.


All it needs is just three items - a 3-phase power supply, compressed air and a 3 sqm of space. The technology allows tyres to be cut into three parts - the two sidewalls and a tread. It then makes a transverse cut of the tread, turning it into a strip of rubber easily.


Energy generators and a pyrolysis chamber can transform the tyre crumb back in to oil, carbon black and gas. These are easily placed on the market. Each one of these 2 steps can be installed and operated separately.

100% material recovery process. In under 60 seconds.

Result: Flat-pack tyre

  • SymTyre-S300
  • =
  • Sidewall
  • Tread
  • Sidewall
  • 90% space saving
  • Logistic & time saving

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w2v is ready

w2v is the renewable solutions for the world's scrap tyre problems. And it’s available to use.

  • Average of 90% space saving per tyre. Four times as many tyres can now be transported by a single vehicle – occupying much less road space.
  • Massive reduction in the time spent stacking scrap tyres. Indicative production rate = 3 tyres per minute, processed.
  • Reduction in fuel for haulage. Emission reduction .End process recycling uses less energy (pre-processed tyres).
  • Cost saving. Massive reduction in number of times tyres need collecting and your cost. Capex reduced.
  • Less manpower required to move and stack scrap tyres.
  • Health and Safety. Easy to store and handle flat- pack tyres.

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