By Denna Bowman
Europe has emerged as one of the most advanced global regions in the world of the recycling and recovery of tyres.
The recovery rate has now reached 96 per cent, despite the fact that the recession is having a negative impact on the supply of end-of-life tyres to sorting and recycling companies, according to a new study by the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA).
ETRMA also claims that the market for tyre derived products has become one that is “sustainable and economically viable.”
It states that: “This achievement also promotes Europe as one of the most advanced regions in the world in the recycling and recovery of tyres.”
According to ETRMA, Germany, UK, Italy, France, Spain and Poland are the nations with the highest arisings of ELTs. Germany, UK, France and Spain show the highest rates of recovering the material or using it energetically. Most countries are treating used tyres by 100 percent, whereas Bulgaria and Cyprus don`t treat them at all.
The principal advance has been the growth in the number of environmentally-friendly and cost-effective options for recycling tyres.
ELT derived products are now increasingly regarded as a useful resource for various recycling options.
The European tyre industry also actively encourages research into new applications for materials recovered from tyres. Meanwhile, raw material prices and growing environmental awareness among governments, manufacturers and consumers are also helping to gain wider acceptance.