Average car tyre weight up 7% in 5 years, increasing recovery cost
The Tyre Recovery Association has revealed one simple factor behind the increased expense of collection and recycling end of life car tyres; they are getting heavier. New analysis by Astutus Research reveals that the average weight of a car tyre is now seven per cent more that it was just five years ago.
Several factors have recently combined to push up the cost of waste tyre collection. However, the relentless increase in the average weight of our passenger tyres is an often-overlooked reason for higher charges. The TRA says the trend to ultra-low profile (ULP) tyres coupled with the popularity of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) with larger diameter tyres has had a real impact on recycling volumes.
For TRA members at the collections end of the tyre business, the seven per cent rise is significant. Although ELT collections are charged by the unit, processing costs are calculated in tonnes.