The Tyre Industry Federation (TIF), the umbrella organisation of the UK’s tyre industry, is demanding support from the government as it seeks to cut waste crime and prevent non-compliant operators and criminals from operating in the tyre recovery network. In…
Britain’s tyre recyclers and retreaders are threatened with draconian new storage regulations which could put many out of business. The TRA is pleading for a more proportionate approach.
Since 2006 Britain’s tyre industry has faced a near 100% reuse or recovery obligation. Far greater than that of other ‘low risk’ waste streams. That we have consistently achieved this for more than a decade now and might – if we had one – blow the industry’s trumpet. That we have achieved this through a purely voluntary and market-based approach to tyre recycling is also something to be quietly proud of despite the many challenges we face from rogue operators, a weak enforcement regime and an often less than supportive executive is surely a story worth airing, so how did we do it?
Plans by the Environment Agency (EA) to introduce new norms for the storage and processing of end of life tyres will force many operators out of business by the end of this year.
While much of this new guidance is acceptable best practice, new requirements for maximum stack heights and stack separation distances are unworkable and if implemented will force businesses to close. Not only will this mean a significant loss of jobs but tyre recycling will be driven further to the margins where rogue operators and others are already a significant factor.
At an Extraordinary General Meeting, the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) has elected a new President, John Bramwell, following the retirement of the previous incumbent, Mike Wilson.
John Bramwell is Operations Director at Conica Ltd based in Newark. He joined the Company (then Charles Lawrence Recycling) in 2001 as Operations Manager for the Tyre Recycling Plant. He has been at the sharp end of the tyre recovery for 15 years, both on the recycling of truck tyres and the supply of rubber granules for numerous applications, predominantly the sport and recreation markets.