UK’s Tyre Recovery Association increases audit standards to improve tire recycling
UK’s Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) reports about its intent to upscale audit standards. Changes will concern data validation, enhanced permit compliance verification and end destination waste tracking.
Almost two decades ago TRA launched a unique audit initiative to rate its members ‘better than the rest’. Dubbed the Responsible Recycler Scheme, this audit programme aimed to provide the wider tyre industry, its regulators and the wider public with an assurance that TRA member companies complied with, and where appropriate, exceeded regulatory and best practice norms. Over the ensuing years, member audit scores have achieved very high levels of compliance leading the association to raise the bar even further particularly in areas of ‘best practice’. TRA reports that these new standards will be phased-in during the course of 2020 and will encompass new requirements for data validation, permit compliance and end-destination waste tyre tracking.
‘It is time to upscale’, commented TRA Secretary General, Peter Taylor OBE. ‘We have earned respect for what we do but we owe it to ourselves and to the wider tyre industry to raise our game whenever and wherever we can. We believe deeply in the value of earned responsibility and in self-regulation and an ever robust and fit for purpose Responsible Recycler Scheme is the banner we stand behind throughout the recovery cycle’.
Explaining how the tyre market works, TRA mentions that end-of-life tyres are collected from retailers, users and others through an independent network of collectors who charge for this service. These tyres are then sorted, selected and their fates defined. Truck tyres are prized for finer size reduction and crumbing, and car tyres are more likely to be shredded for other purposes in particular to use as a co-fuel in cement and other types of kiln. TRA also highlights that still many end-of-life tyres are also exported for this purpose where permitted.
Article by Tyre Recovery Association.