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The innovation forum "Scrap Tire Recycling" (AZuR) sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany recently published a large-scale study for its partners. The study is focused on the market positions and requirements of end-of-life tire recyclers and manufacturers of products from recycled tire rubber. Below, we are citing the original article published on the website of AZuR in May 2021. To read the original text in German, please proceed to AZuR’s website.
The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association – ETRMA – has consolidated data on the management of End of Life Tires for 2019 covering 32 European countries (EU27, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and UK). According to ETRMA, 94% of end-of-life tires in the 32 countries were collected and treated for material recycling and energy recovery. ETRMA says this situation is quite comparable to the previous years with tire recycling rates fluctuating between 92% and 95%. The European tire industry is committed to an innovative and sustainable economy. End-of-life tires are collected and their treatment is organized across European countries, the vast majority operating under EPR. Secondary raw materials from end-of-life tires are important resources for industries such as construction, automotive and cement.
In 2021, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is continuing undertaking efforts to ban crumb rubber – recycled rubber granulate from shredded end-of-life tires – from artificial turf and playgrounds. ECHA’s intent to restrict the use of crumb rubber started back in 2019 when the organization, allegedly, found a scientific evidence against the use of recycled tire rubber in synthetic turf. Despite ECHA’s assertions, there hasn’t been a single scientific proof of human health risks caused by crumb rubber in other studies and research carried out by numerous research institutions worldwide.