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The Government of India is now developing a new game-changing legislation for tire recycling, which will have a lasting effect on the practices of tire manufacturers. The Ministry of Environment and Forest is now reviewing a draft of the law.

According to the draft of the new tire management regulations, official waste tire collection and storage centers will be created to provide effective control of tire disposal and recycling.

Once submitted, the complete waste tire management plan will include data, such as assessment of quantities and types of tyres soon ending their life cycle, methods of rubber recovery and tire recycling, approaches to management of waste tires, methodology to secure safe disposal of waste tires and other information.

According to the industry representatives and authorities, the new legislation will help them make the business of waste and used tires more systematized, as the reuse and collection of the used tires are still poorly controlled. If a number of special tire storage facilities is introduced, it will help the tire businesses, especially in the retreading sector, to track and have access to a required amount of tires.

Automotive Tire Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) together with TESS (Technology, Environment, Safety and Standards) are working with India’s government to develop the waste tire legislation.

Director general of ATMA, Rajiv Budhraja, said that the law will pay special attention to the products of tire recycling such as tire derived fuel, reclaimed rubber, crumb rubber and rubber powder. Moreover, it will be advocating against common waste tire disposal practices which harm the environment and posr threat to human health.

Director and president (International Operations) at JK Tyres, Arun K Bajoria, said that the proper disposal of end-of-life tires is made an obligatory practice in the new regulation, which is now being developed by the authorities. He added that the officials are on the right track when they make the industry take responsibility of the environment.

JK Tyres has introduced practices of environment-friendly tire disposal. Moreover, it has launched the ‘Soles with souls’ program, which transformes waste tire tread into shoes and stylish accessories.

Nevertheless, the industry sources claims that the new law could affect the sales of new tires. In order to launch tire collection centers, land plots, logistics and financial resources are required.

According to the industry specialists, tractor and truck tires made primarily from natural rubber are suitable for retreading, and Indian tires have the recycling potential of around 1.5 and 2 times. Reportedly, it could increase up to 6 times in case of good road conditions, whereas the Chinese tires, reportedly, can be recycled less than once.

When regular availability of waste tires is assured, it could facilitate arising of more tire collection points and, subsequently, it can lay a good foundation to tire recycling system. Today this process is yet problematic due to the current system’s deficiency and low tire collection capacities.

Experts claim that tire businesses may get improved access to enhanced sourcing of collection of tires. In addition, tire companies may be encouraged to invest more in retreading and selling concept of complete tire’s lifecycle. The companies would be able to take control of the entire lifecycle of tires, but not just of its single cycle or short-term use of material.

Article source: Business Standard