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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.”

Note to editors

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)

Tyre Recovery Association launches new website as guidance to the tyre recovery process

The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) has made understanding the process of tyre recovery and tyre recycling much easier with the relaunch of www.tyrerecovery.org.uk.

The new website features enhanced functionality and responsiveness as the TRA adapts to today’s needs. As the representative of the UK’s tyre recovery sector, the TRA’s main role is to promote best practice and ensure there is protection and peace of mind for those who generate waste tyres across the UK, an aim which this website helps to achieve.

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TRA & NTDA jointly warn of upward pressures on recycling costs and capacities

A number of factors are combining to push up tyre recycling costs across the UK, leaders of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) are warning. Driven by a combination of regulatory changes as well as market conditions, professional used tyre collectors and reprocessors are encountering challenging times.

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Regulation and Responsibility

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? 

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Environment Agency Plans will decimate tyre recycling business

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.

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Automotive Waste Associations join forces to form AWSA

The Automotive Waste Stream Alliance (AWSA) is a newly formed working group initiated by the TRA in conjunction with the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the British Vehicle Salvage Federation (BVSF), the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association (MVDA) and the Retread Manufacturers Association (RMA).

The Alliance will work together on common areas of interest bringing together expertise and lobbying power from all five associations.

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TRA elects new President

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.

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