Brazil’s tire recycling rate has allegedly reached 98 percent, as indicated in the IBAMA report.

According to the document, the growth, at some extent, is a result of the anti-Dengue campaign which was launched to alert the public of the threats that may arise when tires are abandoned and serve as breeding place for mosquitos, the report added. The document went on claiming that the rate for tire recycling now exceeds the one of aluminum.

Following the publication of the report, Brazilian Association of Importers and Distributors of Tires, ABIDIP, has announced that the statistics in the document is misleading and inadequate.

The representative of the association, Milton Favaro Junior, noted that if it was true, the government would not require finding a method of tackling the problem of improper discarding of scrap tires. He also said that only in 2018, Brazil has reported three tire fires.

In addition, Favaro Junior admitted that tire recycling rate has actually improved since 2009 when Conama Resolution 416 was adopted. However, following the document, no other official steps have been taken ever since. He urged to bring the situation with tires to “a more transparent and efficient level.”

Article by Recycling Today.