In a recent release from the ETRMA, which has always backed national EPR schemes as opposed to the free market, there was a suggestion that the UK was discussing moving to an EPR scheme for tyres.
This appears to have been jumping the gun, as, according to Peter Taylor of the TRA, there have been no such official discussions, though he has been made aware of one other group’s informal discussions with DEFRA.
Taylor is a long-time supporter of the free market model and has questions about how EPR schemes work. The success of any EPR model in the UK would depend upon its structure.
Regardless of the management scheme, Taylor once again called for long term market stability, investment and support for developing markets for end uses rather than the industry relying so heavily on exports.