A Dutch government public health organization has said it is safe to play football and other sports on artificial turf fields covered in rubber crumb. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment published a report saying that the health risk from playing on such fields, which are common throughout the Netherlands and elsewhere as low maintenance alternatives to natural grass, is "virtually negligible."
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) are describing the Environment Agency’s (EA) attempt to create a single set of ‘one size fits all’ fire prevention guidelines for all sectors as ‘unviable’, a view that the association states is held by firms across the waste recovery industry. The need to store a diverse range of materials in various grades, each with differing combustibility, burn rates and fire risk, across widely differing sites, makes the adoption of a ‘catch-all’ solution impossible, they point out. Should such a policy be adopted, it would also pose a severe threat to reputable businesses, while at the same time encouraging an increase in sites exempt from regulations and which the EA admits it does not have the funds to inspect.
Steady economic growth and largescale investment in construction projects has opened up new opportunities for the recycling industry in Poland, according to recycling machinery firm Eldan. According to the company, inquiries to Eldan Recycling show that an increasing number of companies want a piece of the valuable recycling cake: “The past five years we have noticed a steady increase in requests from Poland” says Toni Reftman managing director at Eldan Recycling. “Within cable recycling we have noticed an increase in both quotes and orders for small and medium capacity systems, as well as for solutions for further recovery of fine copper from insulation. Also within tyre recycling we notice a trend in further improving the end-product. A further cleaned steel fraction with a density of up to 0.7 is very desirable with European steel works.”
Colombian mining company Carbones del Cerrejon Ltd. has inaugurated Latin America's first OTR tyre recycling plant, according to local news agency EFE. The plant aims to export part of its production to other countries in the region and to Asia. Commercial contacts have reportedly already been made for exporting the crumb rubber to South Korea, Chile and Brazil.
Plans by the Environment Agency (EA) to introduce new norms for the storage and processing of end of life tyres (ELTs) will force many operators out of business by the end of this year, according to the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA). And what’s more this outcome is likely to drive tyre recycling underground too.
Mark Thys, the managing director of Goodyear Dunlop Tires France since October 2014 and member of Alliapur’s board of directors, has been named as the recycling body’s new president. He officially started his two-year presidency of Aliapur at the body’s board meeting held on 11 May 2016 taking over from Serge Bonnel, the managing director of Continental France.
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The European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) has launched a campaign to refute 'allegations' about the impact of tyre rubber granulate used in sports fields. In recent years, it says, 'unfounded claims' have been made that recycled tyre rubber can harm those coming into contact with it while playing sports - in particular, those in goalkeeping roles. However, despite two decades of research into the subject funded by industry, governments and public interest groups, “there is no empirical research that links tyre rubber to cancer”, ETRA asserts.
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) has published new part worn tyre safety guidelines designed to give consumers confidence “that the part worn tyres they are buying are safe and roadworthy, not dangerous and illegal”. According to the TRA, the new guidelines are being introduced to improve standards, share good practice and improve road safety across the UK and follow research suggesting 98 per cent of part worns sold don’t comply with current legislation.
SMMT members have committed to helping thousands of consumers recycle their old vehicles with a free take-back service. Under the End of Life Vehicles Directive, when cars and vans up to 3.5-tonnes reach the end of their lives, they must be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. However, while manufacturers provide this service free of charge, some motorists can face difficulties if the brand is no longer trading and has no parent company. When this happens, the car or van becomes what is known as an ‘orphan vehicle’.
Tyrelessly, an online tyre recycling business launched by 16 year-old Delhi resident Anubhav Wadhwa, aims to collect tyres for free and generate revenue from pyrolysis and online advertising. The company, which was founded in December 2015, launched its web platform on 8 January 2016.
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