Although it is less than a month since the organisation came into existence, the Tyre Recovery Association has announced that it has attracted two more collection companies. The firms that have successfully applied for membership are Castcrete Ltd of Three Bridges, West Sussex and Tyre Collection Services Ltd of Wednesbury. The news takes the organisation’s member total to an all-time high of 21.
Members of the Retread Manufacturers Association have formed a group called the Marketing & Communications Committee, intended to promote the environmental benefits of retreading. UK car retread production has fallen from 7.2 million tyres in 1995 to an estimated 1.5 million this year. Truck tyre retreads have remained steady, at around the one million level over this period.
Significant progress has been made in the management and disposal of scrap tyres in the USA, says Terry Noteboom, senior environmental engineer for Goodyear. Last year over 71% of the 272 million scrap tyres generated in the US was recovered, exceeding the recovery rates for aluminium, glass and paper.