This means all used tyres (with minor exceptions) will have to be diverted from landfill and recovered, re-used or recycled. This follows the earlier ban on the land filling of whole tyres in 2003.
John Dorken, spokesperson for the Tyre Industry Federation, says: “The tyre industry has been preparing for this ban for more than six years and has already achieved a 95% recovery rate of used tyres (based on preliminary data for 2005).
“Due to the efficient market structure already in place for the recovery of used tyres, the tyre industry does not believe that the ban will result in any significant problems in the recovery of used tyres as the UK’s collection and reprocessing system has the flexibility to deal with any fluctuations.”
Current uses and disposal routes for used tyres are: