The country needs a national recycling scheme that covers tyre recycling, MEP Mairead McGuinness said after the announcement of 25 new jobs at the Crumb Rubber plant in Dromiskin.
“Companies like Crumb Rubber are driving the economic recovery through the creation of jobs in parishes around the country,” she said, “and such a scheme must be introduced.
“Most of the jobs currently and into the future will come from SMEs like Crumb Rubber.”
“Much more is needed and we must work with businesses to secure investment and jobs throughout the country.
“I’m pleased to see these new jobs coming to my home county of Louth. Crumb Rubber is a unique business and it needs to be supported in its efforts to secure the raw material of used tyres.
“These jobs are based on an industry which is using waste material to create new products. It is something which must be supported at EU level as we move towards greater and better recycling,” she said.
“Crumb Rubber saw a market opportunity and has built a superb business based on recycling.”
Sales Director Leo Kerley said the 25 new jobs will enable Crumb Rubber to compete internationally.
“We are an Enterprise Ireland client and thanks to their support, have opened up export markets. With increased production we can make greater strides in these markets and look to open other sales channels abroad. Increasing production will also make our current production more sustainable with greater economies of scale.’”
Crumb Rubber is the only plant of its kind in Ireland, taking waste tyres out of the waste stream and turning them into useful, import substitute and export products. This investment plan will cement its market domestically and allow it to robustly compete globally with innovative matting products.
The tyres are granulated and made into products for sports tracks, pitches and pathways, gardens and playgrounds. Rubber matting products are also made with a diverse range of products that are used in the construction, agricultural, equestrian, local authority, sports and landscaping sectors. Products also include road bollards and stable matting, to soundproof matting on the Luas lines.