UK Tyre Protocol Established

An updated tyre derived material protocol (TDRM)has been established in the UK.

An updated quality protocol to establish end of waste criteria for tyres has been launched ahead of increased recycling targets for the ELV sector this year. The protocol will sit alongside PAS 107:12 specification covering the manufacture and storage of size-reduced tyre-derived materials.

Peter Taylor, TRA Secretary General of the TRA believes that this will help boost the recycled materials market. Currently the end product from tyre processing remains classified as a waste until such time as it is used in a new product. This requires handlers and storage facilities, even the users of the new raw material to be licensed to carry and store waste.

The TDRM protocol will only apply to those involved in size reduced tyre derived materials and gives the industry guidance on off-site storage and specifications on material sizes covered by the protocol.

The update was carried out in cooperation with the Environment Agency, and has also been endorsed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.

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