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UK Pyrolysis

We are setting up a pyrolysis plant at an industrial site in Cumbria, UK. Pyrolysis is a method that allows tyres to be recycled into carbon black and pyrolysis oil. Pyrolysis recycling allows tyres to be recycled correctly with no CO2 emissions and products that can be used to make more tyres or be used in the creation of recycled plastics. 

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UK Pyrolysis Project: 

years of generation

Local Jobs Created

Green House Gas Saved (Tonnes/yr)

Recovered Carbon Black (Tonnes/yr)

Waste Recovered (Tonnes/yr)

At Canigou Group we have a project based in Cumbria where we will be using shredded tyres as a source for pyrolysis. This project is all about using local materials and promoting the local economy. We will be based at an industrial park, Kingmoor Park and using locally processed tyres as a feedstock. These tyres will then be broken down to create carbon black and pyrolysis oil. This process is a form of recycling and stops tyres being burnt causing harmful Co2 emissions that contribute to climate change.

Canigou has a good partnership with the local authorities and we share a goals for developing renewable generation in the area to mitigate climate change and benefit the local economy. 


Why the UK?

Reason 1: Waste Reduction

The UK alone produces 600,000 tons per year of waste tyres, the EU 3.2 million and the US 4.4 million tons. In the UK and Europe 4% of these tyres end up in landfill sites and another 50% are burned in furnaces. The UK currently imports all of its carbon black, so this project would offer an opportunity to produce carbon black in the UK. In recent years, the UK government has taken steps to promote the use of pyrolysis. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has funded several initiatives to research and develop pyrolysis technologies and their applications. The government has also set up the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which has been instrumental in providing grants and funding to organisations that are working to develop and deploy pyrolysis technologies.


Reason 2: Circular Economy

The basic materials from which tyres are made (mainly rubber and oil for the production of synthetic rubber and carbon black) must be sourced over and over again. This means that there is a finite source of the materials. Pyrolysis would allow these materials to be broken down and reused again in the plastic industry. The technology is flexible so the materials produced can reflect the need in the market.


Reason 3: Green future

Pollution and waste are a key problem in current society. The pyrolysis technology will allow for landfills to be less full and take up less space. Waste tyres can be transformed back into new tyres or other forms of plastic. It will also allow for the carbon footprint from car travel to go down. As the oil produced can be used as an alternative, recycled fuel source. In addition to this, cars will have recycled tyres.​


In focus: Kingmoor Park, Cumbria

Located in the Kingmoor Business Park Unit D just of the M6, the site is well suited to house the process with minimal construction changes required. The project will require upgrades to the building fabric, and internal/external layout changes to facilitate the process flow.

We are grateful to all our partners who have supported the development to date.  Our primary partner Kingmoor has been instrumental to the success of this development and we are thankful for the support provided by this land manager, business hub and local employer.

For more information about the project click here.

Meet our project manager

Lawrence Santangeli 



Lawrence has over 25 years successfully developing and delivering complex physical and people-based innovative regeneration projects in partnership with some of the UKs largest companies bringing together investors with local communities and local authorities to benefit and grow local investment.


Lawrence served as the CEO of the Eldonian Group Ltd in Housing, Energy and Commercial Premises where he developed the North Liverpool South Sefton Strategic Regeneration Framework that attracted £130M of new investment. Most recently as lead support in the development of a £100M housing project alongside Prism PRS LTD

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