UK praised for recycling tyres

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By Denna Bowman

The UK tyre and reprocessing industries have been praised for their success rate with recycling tyres.

European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has published data showing that the recovery rate of used tyres (UT) in Europe grew to 96% in 2010.

A combination of successful partnerships, participation and proactive involvement from many organisations across the industry has been critical to the success of the UK’s tyre recycling programme.

This was one of the key messages delivered to a record number of attendees at the recent Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) annual forum, where delegates heard how the UK continues to successfully meet the EU’s Landfill Directive which bans the disposal of tyres in landfill sites.

Mike Wilson, President of the Tyre Recovery Association, said: “We are delighted by the record attendance at this year’s TRA forum which reflects our industry’s commitment to the responsible recycling of used tyres in the UK.

“However, as delegates heard, we mustn’t rest on our laurels as we face a number of significant challenges over the coming years and we will only be able to overcome these if we continue to make a concerted and united effort.”

During the forum, delegates heard how the UK managed to reprocess some 479,000 tonnes of waste tyre materials in 2009.

According to the presentation from the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), only Germany, which has a vehicle parc approximately 30% bigger than the UK, recycled more tyres in 2009, reprocessing some 571,000 tonnes.

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