European used tyres data makes world green with envy

2nd August 2012

New figures released by the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) have highlighted the fantastic recovery rate for used compounds on the continent last year.

According to the new data, Europe successfully maintained a recovery rate of 95 per cent in 2011, despite a three per cent rise in used tyres compared with 2010.

The data shows that 3.3 million tonnes of used tyres were managed in an environmentally-friendly way last year. Following retreading or reuse, the majority were funnelled into recycling, civil engineering and various public works applications.

Some compounds were also used as a fuel substitute in everything from power plants to boilers and even cement kilns.

The production of rubber granulate and powder remained the main material recovery route for tyres, which accounted for 83 per cent of compounds, while 14 per cent were used in civil engineering and public works applications.

This new data makes for positive reading, and comes just weeks after a BBC Panorama television special called for action against rogue recycling collectors that dump tyres illegally in the UK.

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