ERJ staff report (DS)
Rome, Italy - Europe has established itself as a world tyre recycling leader, with figures for 2010 showing that around 95 percent of EU-27 arisings in that year were destined for recovery rather than for landfill compared to 75 percent as recently as 2004.
A large proportion of these end-of-life tyres (ELTs) is converted either into rubber granulate or into energy for use by the cement industry, explained Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Tyres Committee Chairman Barend Ten Bruggencate of Netherlands-based VACO in his address to the BIR annual meeting in Rome from 31 May to 1 June.
Mr Van Oostenrijk also talked about research and development work into devulcanisation and pyrolysis, going on to suggest that these techniques could have a substantially increased impact on tyre recycling in the future.
The recent BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition in Rome attracted over 1600 participants from 60 countries to do business, network, receive the latest market informations and take advantage of the Italian hospitality.
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Press release from BIR