This case study chronicles the collaboration between three companies in the south-west of Ireland to develop a unique demonstrator process for the recycling of waste wood and waste tyre textiles. The collaboration was supported by the European Union through the LIFE Environment programme as the project, titled ‘Manufacture of Composite Pallet Blocks using Waste Wood and Tyre-Derived Materials’, acronym ‘Tyre/Wood Block’.
The collaboration was led by Mid-Cork Pallets & Packaging Ltd (MCP), an Irish company, which specialised in the manufacture of pallets for the Irish, UK and European markets. MCP collaborated with Palfab Ltd (Palfab), an Irish company specialising in the processing of timber, primarily for the construction sector in Ireland. A joint venture, Eirebloc Ltd (Eirebloc), was set up to manage the demonstrator for the collaboration.