The European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) board and committee chair have unanimously agreed that “it would be in the best interests of speakers, delegates and guests” to postpone the forthcoming ETRA Conference. Therefore, the 27th ETRA Conference on Tyre Recycling has been delayed until 2 to 4 September 2020. The event had been scheduled to run from 25 to 27 March 2020.
Peter Taylor OBE, secretary general of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA), has been elected vice president of the European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) nine-member board. The board, comprised of nine members, oversees the formation and execution of ETRA’s strategic priorities and focus areas. Taylor is the only UK representative on the board.
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.
A change of date has been announced for the ‘Flex in the City’ seminar jointly organised by the European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) and two Italian organisations, ANTEL (the Italian National Association of Local Authority Technicians), and ARGO (the Italian Recyclers Association). Due to “circumstances beyond ETRA’s control,” the seminar will now take place in Treviso, Italy on 22 October rather than 23 October.
Those wishing to submit papers for the European Tyre Recycling Association’s 22nd Annual European Tyre Recycling Conference have five days left – the ETRA has set 15 December 2014 as the deadline for its first call for papers. The association urges “anyone serious about developing a tyre recycling project” not to miss out on next year’s event.
The recent history of how we deal with end of life tyres has been littered with ideas, but surprisingly few real success stories. In this opinion piece, Tyre Recovery Association director, Peter Taylor OBE shares his view on the use of tyres in rubberised tarmac.