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)
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) is urging the Environment Agency (EA) to listen to the recycling industry to avoid the inadvertent promotion of unregulated businesses over reputable and regulated operations. While the TRA and other waste streams have repeatedly been calling for amendments to the EA’s proposed new Fire Prevention Plan over the past four years, especially to proposed stack heights and the fire breaks between them, the recommendations have, as yet, gone unheeded. The TRA believes that if due action is not taken, unregulated businesses will profit while those with a proven, professional and regulated background will rapidly be forced out of the industry.
In 2014 the European Commission produced a report titled ‘Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for Europe’. In this report the Commission defines and describes the importance of minimising waste throughout all industries.
Murfitts Industries and Boynton Bros & Hallam (Ranskill) Ltd have been awarded the second and third Certificates of Qualification, demonstrating their support of the Quality Protocol option (QP) in PAS 107.
CONICA LTD, formerly Charles Lawrence International, is the first company in the UK to be awarded a PAS 107 QP certificate for the way it manufactures, stores and distributes recycled rubber granulate created from waste tyres.
The Tyre Recovery Association’s (TRA) Recycling Day, a one-day conference and dinner organised in partnership with the Retread Manufacturers Association, was held at the Ardencote Manor, Warwickshire on Friday the 19th of June.
In December 2014 the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) added a new Quality Protocol option to PAS 107 to support sustainable tyre recycling. After passing the audit and inspection process CONICA LTD was awarded the first ever Certificate of Qualification during the TRA’s Recycling Day conference on the 19th of June, in what represents a significant milestone for the tyre recycling and recovery industry.
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a Recycling Day, by extending an invitation to the tyre industry, stakeholders and waste industries to participate. The event will be held in partnership with the Retread Manufacturers Association (RMA), and will take place at the Ardencote Manor Hotel, Warwickshire on 19th June 2015.
TRA adds Quality Protocol Option to PAS 107 – new standard will help sustainable tyre recycling
Proposals by the ESA – led ‘WISH’ group have been branded counter-intuitive and arrogant by Britain’s Tyre Recovery Association whose members handle more than three quarters of the country’s end-of-life tyre arisings.
The TRA is alarmed that registered exemption for waste tyres have reached record levels in England and Wales. Since 2012 the Association has been warning Ministers of the potential danger posed by weak supervision of exempt sites.