UK Europe’s Leading Tyre Recycler

2nd August 2007 | 0 Comments

The UK now diverts 93 per cent of tyre arisings from landfill and leads the way in terms of tyre recycling. However, while most people are pleased to hear that the UK’s free-market approach to tyre recovery and recycling continues to prosper, valid questions about the increased prevalence of secondary fly-tipping and rising numbers of part worn tyres on the market were also raised.

According to the ETRMA, 3.2 million tonnes of used tyres were generated in Europe during 2006, including 486,000 tonnes in the UK and 585,000 tonnes in Germany – the continents two leading tyre markets. The figures, reported by the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) cover end of life tyre (ELT) destinations during 2006. Across Europe 87 per cent of used tyres (up three points) are now recovered. The key European disposal route is energy recovery, a method favoured by the many markets that operate producer responsibility programmes.

And while the UK’s 93 per cent recovery rate for tyres may not be as high as these other nations, the split is much more varied and the he UK surpasses all other European countries – including France and Germany – in terms of recycling. In 2006 254,000 tonnes of tyres ended up in material recovery, while a further 57,000 tones were retreaded. Therefore the UK recycling an impressive 311,000 tonnes of used tyres in 2006.This compares with just 198,000 tonnes in Germany and 239,000 in France. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and Norway, all claimed 100 per cent recovery rates.

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