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The pressure’s on for tyres!

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Tyre recycling under pressure.

The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) warn of rising costs on tyre recycling due to regulatory changes and market conditions, factors that will affect used tyre collectors and reprocessors.


“We, like other automotive waste streams, are encountering very significant costs stemming from new fire and site security guidelines imposed by the Environment Agency. These reduce capacity in many instances and put further significant pressure on costs which will all have to be passed on.

“The pressures on members do not end there. Add to this the current slowdown for tyre-derived fuel (TDF) in our Asian export markets and elsewhere due to a fourfold rise in shipping costs, and our problems start to become acute.

“We have been warning of these adverse factors for some time and now they are hitting us all at once,” said Taylor.

NTDA Chief Executive, Stefan Hay, said: “It would be all too easy at difficult times such as these for tyre distributors to fall in to the trap of using rogue collectors, many of whom will be operating, often in breach of and therefore illegally, under current S2 exemptions. The NTDA urges its members, and other reputable tyre businesses, to invest in the future and only use members of our industry partner body the TRA who have been audited by the TIF Responsible Recycler Scheme. Failure to do so will not only undermine the current collection infrastructure, but could also have a devastating long term impact on end of life tyre collection in the UK.”

Visit the TRA for further information.

August 2018


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