Vaculug, Europe’s largest independent retreader, joined the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) as a full member back in September, according to the Autumn/Winter TRA newsletter, which was published at the end of November.
At its Annual General Meeting held on 13 September 2023, the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) unanimously elected Bill Clarke of DME Tyres to be its new president for the next two years. Clarke succeeds Tim Stott of Murfitts Industries who is stepping down. DME Tyres were early supporters of the TRA having joined soon after its formation two decades ago.
Companies from across the UK gathered in Leamington Spa for the TRA’s annual briefing day and conference on Wednesday 13 September. Over 50 businesses sent representatives to hear from the leading industry experts and analysts at a time that British tyre recycling stands “at a critical crossroads”. Many reportedly fear the imminent demise of the UK’S domestic tyre recycling industry if things do not change.
With the UK alone generating some 600 kilotons of post-consumer rubber annually and with the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and its Responsible Recycler members handling the lion’s share of it all, connecting with the latest developments in the field is as important as ever.
The Environment Agency, Calderdale Council, Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue report that they recently uncovered two sites operating illegally in Calderdale and Bradford. As a result, Shakil Ahmed (42), of Halifax, Jamie Craggs (34), of Bradford, and Levi Depass (35) Shipley, appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday 12 July after earlier pleading guilty.
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) ‘Briefing Day’ is back following the pandemic-related hiatus. The 2023 event will be held on Wednesday 13 September 2023 at the Woodland Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa. The agenda features “high quality briefings on all the current market and regulatory trends from…expert presenters”.
After lobbying regulators to do more to prevent rogue operators using T8 exemptions as a cover for the illegitimate handling of Britain’s end-of-life tyres, the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) has welcomed DEFRA’s February announcement suggesting the government department would act to end the current exemptions regime.
The Indian government’s announcement of an action plan for the management of increasing volumes of waste tyres has been welcomed by the UK Tyre Recovery Association (TRA). Despite the Indian government’s move as a “much-needed response to a growing environmental challenge”, TRA representatives commented that India’s waste tyre arisings have been “swelling exponentially but so too have imports of old tyres from many western countries”. Some of the latter have reportedly “ended up being processed in illegal or environmentally unsuitable ways”.
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) has spoken out to endorse the move Australian government’s move to prohibit the export of most unprocessed end-of-life tyres from December 2021. The only exception will be casings suitable for retreading or validated reuse. In addition, Peter Taylor, secretary general of the TRA urged DEFRA Secretary of state George Eustice MP to closely study this change in Australian law and consider whether the UK should follow a similar path:
The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) is supporting a West Mercia Police anti tyre fly-tipping initiative. The campaign, which involves retailers and others handling waste tyres, offers special marker pens to identify the origin of tyre. TRA-branded handouts and posters promoting the campaign will also be available.
The new TRA Pyrolysis Group held its first meeting on 26 January 2021 attended by 16 of the association’s members. The meeting identified a number of common interests and objectives ranging from feedstock monitoring, the clear need to influence future regulation governing pyrolysis operators as well as complex issues such as ‘end of waste’ status and planning constraints.
2020 has seen increased interest in tyre pyrolysis in the UK and beyond. In response, the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) is launching a sub-group of interested members to address a number of matters of common importance. The sub-group’s first meeting is scheduled for January 2021.
After almost 20 years with Conica, the company’s operations director, John Bramwell, is retiring at the end of October. Commenting on his retirement, company representatives said Bramwell “has been a fundamental part of everything the company has achieved and will leave Conica with one of the best truck tyre recycling plants anywhere in the world.” In addition to his leadership role at Conica, Bramwell also represented the industry in a number of roles, including as a director of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA).
On 3 July 2020 the UK government issued advice on the port-side storage of tyre shred via a time-limited Environment Agency Regulatory Position Statement (RPS 238). RPS 238 was updated on 15 September 2020 and lasts until 30 June 2021.