We use tyres on vehicles but have you wondered what happens to your tyres once they reach the end of their lives. Global tyre production is estimated to be about 1,000,000,000 t about 1,500,000,000 units per year.
On an average, most of the tyres last anywhere from 5-10 years depending on use, and road condition and more than 300,000,000 tyres are discarded in the EU nations alone. Comparable quantities are produced in the rest of the world as well and this gives rise to a worrying concern. What happens to those end-of-life tyres?
During the last few years, the European Union along with member states have worked together to create viable methods of valorising tyres in different ways. This gave rise to ETRA or European Tyre Recycling Association that was, and still is involved in several tyre recycling projects.
The organization has been instrumental in researching different methods of tyre valorisation resulting in the environmentally friendly mining of useful materials from tyres. The aim of ETRA is to find many more useful methods by which waste tyres can be recycled into useful materials. As a result, the ETRA regularly holds ETRA Recycling Conferences for member nations and for developing countries as well.
This year, the 22nd Annual European Tyre Recycling Conference will be held at NH Brussels du Grand Sablon, Brussels. The conference is expected to provide an opportunity for industry experts, tyre companies, and general delegates, a chance to update their recycling knowledge. The conference will between 25 and 27 March 2015 and it is expected to be heavily attended by industry professionals.
One of the main points to be covered in the conference is the development of the tyre pyrolysis market. According to ETRA, tyres are 100% recyclable and they are a valuable source of rubber, metal and textiles. The UN Basel Convention in conjunction with ETRA states that tyre recycling has to be given priority. The report states that if the process.