Britain’s used tyre collections infrastructure is coming under threat from rogue traders, according to a report by leading industry publication.
Tyre Trade News reports that the system is one of the most efficient and cost effective in the world, collecting car tyres for half the price charged in some parts of Europe and feeding them into a diverse and still evolving reprocessing infrastructure which few countries can match.
However, in these difficult economic times collection prices are falling and few businesses are now operating at acceptable levels of profitability, according to the report.
The article states: “Costs stay the same or go on rising. Think about it. Our end of life tyres have to be collected from tyre retailers and other premises, taken to licensed sites to be sorted and then a gate fee is required for their reprocessing. Vehicles and their drivers are subject to load hour restrictions and there are fuel and wage costs to be met. All for a declining few pence a tyre.
“Prices of course are determined by markets and when the number of new tyres and vehicles sold shrink there are fewer used tyres to collect. Our retailers in turn feel the same economic draft as the rest of us so they too look to economise. Why not?
“There are two good reasons why not. The first is that the number of rogue collections appears to be on the increase and their activities are helping drive down prices that are already unsustainable for legitimate operators like TRA members.
“The second is that these rogues will not be around for long, but sure as night follows day will leave a trail of unprocessed waste behind them. In the meanwhile these enticing, but totally unsustainable offers of 40p or 50p a tyre will ensure that responsible businesses at the core of our recovery infrastructure are forced to shut up shop.”