Based on article published in the November/December issue of European Rubber Journal magazine.
What to do with the almost 1 billion tires produced in the world each year – equivalent of 13.5 million tonnes of raw materials – at the end-of-life stage remains a vexing question right across the industry supply chain.
The issue brought leaders of the main industry associations representing tire recyclers and tire manufacturers in Europe together for the first time in years, during the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) World Recycling Convention, 26-27 Oct in Prague.
The forum was the BIR tyres & rubber committee meeting, where Fazilet Cinaralp of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) and Dr Valerie Shulman of the European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) shared a platform along with Dr Wilma Dierkes of the University of Twente.
Welcoming what he described as an “historic meeting of people who have not been meeting each other for years,” BIR tyre committee chairman Ruud Burlet emphasised the need for manufacturers and recyclers to unite to address common issues.