India move to mandate end-of-life tyre recycling a welcome move
The Indian government’s announcement of an action plan for the management of its increasing volumes of waste tyres is welcomed by the UK Tyre Recovery Association as a much-needed response to a growing environmental challenge.
Along with its rapidly rising vehicle population waste tyre arisings have also been swelling exponentially but so too have imports of old tyres from many western countries, some of which evidence suggests have ended up being processed in illegal or environmentally unsuitable ways.
The TRA believes that the new recycling requirements proposed by India for progressive implementation starting later this year should introduce much-needed recycling compliance as well as constrain often illegal shipments of tyre waste from western countries including the UK.
“illegal waste export activity involving tyres is something we in the UK have long lobbied to end” states Tim Stott, TRA President, “It undermines responsible operators here at home where it inhibits further investment in domestic processing capacity and cheats on the motoring public who have a right to expect good practice. Sadly, the UK and most Western governments have been slow to act to restrain this trade but now are pleased to note that India itself as Asia’s largest importer of waste tyres is now doing so.”
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These newly proposed Indian government regulations will require all new tyre manufacturers and importers as well as recyclers and reprocessors to register and be permitted furthermore, end-of-life tyres imports intended for certain types of reprocessing will be prohibited.
The new regulations are expected to enter progressively into force later this year and support a 100% recovery obligation on the tyre industry over a three-year period according to the official Gazette of India (31/12/21)
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The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) announced the introduction of the Responsible Part Worn Tyre programme (RPWTP) at its annual forum day at the Belfry Hotel in Wishaw, last week.
The programme, which was strongly endorsed by Stefan Hay, Chief Executive of the National Tyre Distributors’ Association (NTDA), is designed to raise standards of professionalism in the part worn industry and ensure all tyres sold by participating retailers are legally compliant.
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The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) has announced its Recycling Day forum will be held on 7 March 2018 at the Belfry Hotel & Resort, Wishaw.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Tyre Recycling for Tomorrow’s World’ with guests from around Europe and from the UK discussing the direction of tyre recycling in the future.
Measures announced in the Autumn Budget this week could make councils unwittingly using non-audited tyre recovery collectors liable to landfill tax and penalties. As of 1st April 2018, sites operating without the relevant environmental disposal permit, and those knowingly facilitating illegal waste disposal, will be liable to pay Landfill Tax and face fines amounting to an additional 100% of the tax’s value. Operators of illegal sites will remain liable to criminal prosecution.
The new measures reinforce the need for councils to review their Duty of Care procedures and ensure their waste collectors are fully compliant with the law.
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) will launch its innovative Responsible Retailing initiative today at the NTDA’s Tyre Industry Conference 2017. Its suite of materials are designed to support retailers and the industry educate consumers on the value and environmental importance of tyre recovery. However, Responsible Retailing has been conceived as an inclusive scheme for the industry to partner in as it is anticipated to create new opportunities at all levels.
Responsible Retailing materials can be can be downloaded through the all-new tyrerecovery.org.uk website, which also goes live today.