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German WdK urges officials to support tire recycling despite stable scrap tire statistics

Advanced tire recycling regulations are in place in almost all developed industrial countries and usually one might think there are no significant challenges to the recycling in those states. However, this article demonstrates the opposite and highlights only some of the problems which tire recycling programs in the most of OECD countries confront with.

A recent article by Reifenpresse told about the Frankfurt-based German Rubber Industry Association (WdK), which has revealed that the annual amount of scrap tires in Germany is fixed at approximately 580,000 tons and has not seen any fluctuations.

After the release of GAVS tire statistics, the Technical Director of the WdK, Stephan Rau, urged officials to implement the collation agreement that calls for a more frequent use of recycled materials, in particular, recycled tire rubber. However, no action has been undertaken yet.


Rau noted that the products made from waste tires are often discriminated. However, he believes that the government should take measures to help the market for recycled products not only to survive, but to significantly develop.

WdK has been a long-term advocate for the appointment of Federal Commissioner for Raw Materials, and it believes that this step could be an effective solution.

In addition, it is anticipated that this step may lead to the increase of demand for recycled raw materials in Germany. Therefore, it will help tire recycling become a successful part of the circular economy concept.

In 2017, the overall number of waste tires was 584,000 tons with 229,000 tons being recycled into crumb rubber and rubber powder that were used in manufacturing of top-quality end products, such as artificial turf fields, insulation panels and other. 201,000 tons of waste tires were used as fuel by the cement industry. During the same year, Germany witnessed a 2.7% growth in newly registered vehicles.

Germany is not the only country which tries to find more uses for recycled materials. Circular economy concepts are being implemented in almost all advanced industrial countries. However, it is the pace of changes that really matters. To further improve the state of tire recycling in developed countries, concerted efforts of governments and the industry are needed.

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Links to our previous articles:

  1. Welcome to weibold! Academy
  2. weibold! Academy: Recycled Rubber Output Spectrum and Rubber Granulates
  3. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulates, Rubber Powder, Tire Derived Steel and Tire Derived Fiber
  4. weibold! Academy: Tyre Recycling Value Chain
  5. weibold! Academy: Applications for Tyre Recycling Plant Output
  6. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulate Applications
  7. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Rubber Industry
  8. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Surface Coatings
  9. weibold! Academy: Success Factors in the Tire Recycling Industry
  10. weibold! Academy: Understanding Tire Recycling Technology
  11. weibold! Academy: Total Quality Management in Tire Recycling
  12. weibold! Academy: Applications for Fibers from End-of-Life Tires
  13. weibold! Academy: Safety and health effects of crumb rubber infill in artificial turf
  14. weibold! Academy: Tire pyrolysis – products and applications
  15. weibold! Academy: Tire-derived fuel in cement production
  16. weibold! Academy: How to improve tire collection in small cities
  17. weibold! Academy: How to prevent tire fires
  18. weibold! Academy: Recycled tires in railroad construction
  19. weibold! Academy: Basics about tire-derived fuel
  20. weibold! Academy: Waste tires in civil engineering
  21. weibold! Academy: How to create your own sandals from used tires
  22. Weibold Academy: Sustainable rubber powder composites
  23. Weibold Academy: How recycled tires enhance safety of children on playgrounds
  24. Weibold Academy: Recycled tires in footwear manufacturing
  25. Weibold Academy: Advantages and the current state of tire retreading industry
  26. Weibold Academy: Basics about rubberized asphalt
  27. Weibold Academy: What to consider before buying tire recycling equipment
  28. Weibold Academy: Tire recycling regulations in Europe
  29. Weibold Academy: Tire pyrolysis and heating oil