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TRA urges retailers to beware of cheap waste tyre collection offers

Tyre retailers, vehicle dismantlers and others who need to dispose of waste tyres urged to beware of unrealistically low rates at a time when reprocessing costs, in particular, are soaring warn the TRA 


TRA warns retailers to beware of Cheap Waste Tyre Collection Offers


Tyre Recovery Association Secretary-General, Peter Taylor, points out that over the past year or two rates hit historic lows due in part to often questionable treatment processes, particularly in the Asian sub-continent. Since late last year, however, authorities in India and elsewhere have acted to put an end to socially and environmentally damaging recycling practices, one outcome of which is a return to more realistic market conditions.

It appears to be a long-term trend so against this background it is very doubtful that anyone continuing to offer yesterdays collection rates will find legitimate recycling and reprocessing opportunities for the old tyres they may continue to collect hereon. The TRA fear a spike in illegal activity as a result and have alerted UK regulators and environment authorities accordingly.

All those who dispose of waste, including old tyres, have a clear legal ‘Duty of Care’ to ensure responsible handling. Just asking to see a waste carrier’s permit is not enough! Generators of waste are legally required to assure themselves to their satisfaction that their waste is entrusted into the right hands.

Collection rates for old tyres are now rising rapidly as our recovery infrastructure re-adjusts to historically more normal conditions, a fact the market must recognise. Tyre retailers, vehicle dismantlers, local authorities and all others disposing of old tyres need to recognise this fundamental change in the cost base of responsible tyre recycling and be on their guard against a likely rise in illegal practices in the coming months.

About the TRA

A cornerstone of the body is its support for the Responsible Recycler Scheme.  All TRA members are fully accredited by the scheme, which ensures that all tyres collected, recycled or reprocessed by them are disposed of or reused in an environmentally friendly or acceptable methods. However, markets for tyre recovery continue to grow and develop and as the EU Landfill Directive is applied right across Europe a new international dimension will evolve. The Tyre Recovery Association has the independent ability to pursue its broader objectives at both industry and government levels, generate performance data specific to its member’s interests as well as develop stronger links across the tyre recycling world. See more at

TRA warns retailers to beware of Cheap Waste Tyre Collection Offers



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Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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