Brussels -- ETRMA has published its annual end-of-life tyres (ELT) recovery data, showing that the average recovery rate for Europe has increased to 87 percent from 84 percent compared to 2005 and confirming the demand for ELTs derived products.
The date, covering the 27 EU member states, shows that in 2006 more than 3.2 million tonnes of used tyres were generated in Europe, 486 000 tonnes of which was in the UK.
According to ETRMA's 13 July statement, this indicates that the
While retreading remains at 12 percent and incineration through energy recovery is stabilising around 32 percent, the major market benefiting from the landfill ban is material recycling with over 34 percent meaning a rise of 23 percent over a decade.
landfill directive has been a major driving force in call for the
change. The European tyre manufacturers interpret this result as the
confirmation that the strategy they developed within ETRMA has been
reaching its expected goals.Â
"This is a signal that the slowly maturing market for end of life-derived products is sustainable and economically viable," said ETRMA in the statement.
ETRMA said the landfill should continue decreasing with the expected adoption of the 'producer responsibility' scheme by additional countries, where the recovery rate did not yet achieve results of excellence.
Due to their particular qualities such as elasticity, durability and calorific power, end of life tyres can be used in the development of various industrial and consumer applications. The latest innovations include: the use of end of life tyres in bituminous mixtures for road construction, and in shredded form in electric arc furnaces, as a substitute for anthracite.
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