The Sg Kim Kim incident has led to legal action being taken by Counsel representing some 160 victims of the pollution linked to an illegal tyre pyrolysis operation.
Government & Legislation News
Recytyre Continues to Grow Recycling in Belgium
In 2018, 86,575 tonnes of ELT were collected in Belgium, compared to 83,703 tonnes in 2017. More than 95% of the tyres were recycled in a valuable way, according to the annual report from Recytyre, the waste management body in Belgium.
Joint Spanish Operation for Annual Square Metre Clean-Up
The Tire Manufacturers Commission in Spain, has collaborated with Signus and the Network of Marine Rangers in the initiative "1 square metre by nature".
Tyre Recycler in Uganda Faces Closure Notice for Environmental Failings
The National Environment Management Authority (Nema)of Uganda, has issued a 21-day ultimatum to a tyre and plastic recycling plant to stop oil spillage and carbon emissions.
The factory in Nyimbwa Sub-county in Luweero District reportedly releases black smoke that produces a foul smell.
Environment Agency Expects Changes to T8 and S2 Exemptions for Tyre Operations
At the TRA Forum on the 18th June, Howard Leberman from the Environment Agency announced that there was a very strong likelihood that existing T8 Exemptions on tyre processing would be removed, and the S2 Exemptions on tyre storage would almost certainly be tightened. By mid 2020.
ECHA Action on Microplastics Destined to Ban Tyre Infill in Sports Fields
The ECHA investigation into microplastics may effectively ban the use of <5mm crumb rubber infill
Malaysia's Port Klang Residents Fear Protectionism for Illegal Plants
Malaysian locals around Port Klang are showing growing concern about the environment. This follows publicity about the pollution incident at Sg Kim Kim. The claims are rife, according to the Malay Mail. Claims are being made that illegal plastic and tyre recycling factories operating around Kampung Teluk Gong are ‘protected’ by an influential individual with the title of ‘Datuk’.
Malaysia Blocks Plastics
When China banned the import of most plastics, there was a fear that source states without the waste infrastructure would be swamped by plastics. However, instead of developing solutions, they were relieved to find that other destinations had left their doors open.
Italy Reviews EPR
Italy took a long time arriving at one of the most competitive tyre stewardship schemes in Europe. In its original format it allowed any group to establish a consortium to collect and manage the recovery of end of life tyres.
Malaysia Closes Illegal Plant
A protest by villagers near Gemencheh, Malaysia, has led to the closure of an illegal factory involved in the burning of used tyres.