GUERNSEY Recycling Group has finally started shredding a mountain of more than half a million tyres in the Cayman Islands.
Cayman-based contractor Island Recycling, an associate company of the Guernsey business, has a $1.25m. contract which it won last year to clear the tyres in a landfill site, known to locals as Mount Trashmore.
Guernsey Recycling has been involved in establishing a one-acre facility at the landfill site, where it has installed machinery imported from the US to process whole tyres into two-inch rubber chips at a rate of one every four or five seconds.
Work started last week, with the site opened by Cayman premier Alden McLaughlin.
A Cayman developer is already taking daily deliveries of tyre-derived aggregate, which will be used in non-load bearing construction, landscaping, drainage works and as a road base.
It is believed that there are at least 500,000 tyres which have accumulated at the dump over the last decade or more, but no one has ever counted them.