ATF Professional were invited along to the Tyre Recovery Association’s (TRA) forum day on the 7th March at the Belfry Hotel in Wishaw.
Four guest speakers took part, including the EA’s Senior Policy Advisor, Howard Leberman, Gary Walker, Principal Policy Officer at SEPA, Stefan Hay, Chief Executive of the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA), Alan Bithell, MD at Newlaw Automotive Consultants and Gemini Corporation’s Commercial Manager, Arihant Singhi.
The TRA announced the introduction of the Responsible Part Worn Tyre programme (RPWTP) which was strongly endorsed by Stefan Hay, Chief Executive NTDA and is designed to raise standards of professionalism in the part worn industry and ensure all tyres sold by participating retailers are legally compliant.
The audit-based initiative brings together best practice within the industry, something which all TRA members adhere to. Tyres that are part of the initiative will have a ‘pre-vulcanised label’ to provide traceability once they have been audited.
Stefan Hay provided welcome support for shared responsibility across the tyre industry. Stefan’s presentation included inspiration on how the different sectors could work together to educate tyre retailers on the importance of using accredited waste carriers to benefit all parties.
Also at the Forum Day were prominent speakers Howard Leberman and Gary Walker from the EA and SEPA respectively. Howard announced plans for exemptions to change under new guidelines. This would mean exempt sites would be under more scrutiny and under more pressure to become a permitted site or face harsher penalties from the Environment Agency. Gary discussed attempts to tackle the problem of illegal dumping by banning exemptions in Scotland and the issue of sites continuing to operate even without permits making waste crime an ongoing issue north of the border.
The forum concluded with an insightful presentation from Arihant Singhi, Commercial director of Gemini Corporation, who offered a global perspective on export movements of tyre-derived materials.
Peter Taylor OBE, TRA Secretary General, said of the speakers: “Their shared theme of working in partnership resonated with the audience of major industry players. We anticipate this will make a significant contribution to raising standards in professionalism of the selling of part worn tyre industry. It provides a means for companies to understand their responsibilities concerning regulations and to upskill employees. The support of NTDA will be highly valuable in promoting a working partnership between tyre waste carriers and collectors, and retailers to ensure that anyone active in the part worn tyre industry is compliant with the law and their duty of care.”
For more information about the TRA, visit: www.tyrerecovery.org.uk