Linwood: Key facts and benefits

The Proposals

The proposals will see a tyre disposal processing facility built at the site. Capable of processing 100,000 tonnes of waste tyres every year the development will generate around 45 full and part-time jobs once operational with around 55 jobs during construction.

The proposals comprise:

  • The refurbishment and reuse of the existing building on site to form a new DRP rubber and Thermo Plastic Elastomer (TPE) manufacturing building;
  • The construction of two new buildings with a total floor space of 6600 sq m forming the sorting, storage, shredding, crumbing, wire and fabric extraction facilities;
  • The construction of a third building with a floor space of 875 sq m for additional tyre storage and expansion of DRP production;
  • Construction of two new modular buildings to contain admin and staff welfare facilities;
  • Construction on a new staff and visitor car park providing 61 car parking spaces;


Scotland has ambitious targets to work towards a Zero Waste economy by 2045. Facilities such as the proposed tyre processing plant are vital steps on this path and can make a major contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of the economy as a whole.

The development of the plant has been designed to ensure minimal impact on noise, air quality, water quality and the surrounding environment.

Traffic and Access

The development will result in increased traffic generation, however, this is within the existing busy industrial area and will not result in a significant proportionate uplift in traffic with estimated traffic movements of around 550 per week (journeys in and out of the site) equating to around 6 or 7 vehicles an hour during operational periods.

Access will be provided through the existing road network from Burnbrae Road via Linwood Road to the west of the site and then out to the A373.


Site Tour

Located at the junction of Burnbrae Road and Lyon Road on the Linwood Industrial Estate, the site is 4.5 hectares in size and comprises an existing vacant industrial building and vacant brownfield land formerly used by Scottish Water.
Immediately to the south of the A737 and Black Cart Water, the site is surrounded by a mix of uses including waste management, industrial, storage and distribution centres. Residential development is located further to the south and north with no immediate residential neighbours.
The wider estate is well-established as a heavy industry and distribution centre with good transport connections to the main highway network.

To find out more about public consultation on these proposals please visit the Linwood: Consultation page