Panorama investigation highlights the importance of tyre recycling

20th July 2012

A large-scale investigation by the BBC show Panorama has highlighted the importance of tyre recycling, according to the Tyre Recovery Association.

Broadcast on 16th July, the show revealed that large numbers of tyres are being illegally dumped across the UK every year by rogue recycling collectors.

Peter Taylor, secretary general of the Tyre Recovery Association, urged garages, tyre retailers and vehicle dismantlers only to work with responsible recyclers. 

He said: "The Tyre Recovery Association's Responsible Recycler Scheme plays a vital role in the legal and environmentally friendly disposal of waste tyres in UK.

"This latest investigation perfectly illustrates why such a scheme is necessary. It also shows the scale of devastation and criminality that results from those intent on operating outside of the law."

Since 2006, it has been illegal to send waste tyres to landfill following the introduction of an EU directive.

The Responsible Recycler Scheme ensures that tyres are recycled in the correct manner, with more than 80 per cent of the 55 million used tyres generated in the UK currently processed via the scheme.

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Posted by Danielle Barge