Under the management of the Prysm Group, the RWM has seen a transformation.
Tyre and Rubber Recycling at RWM
The UK’s RWM waste management event is once again worth getting involved withEmpty aisles were full of visitors and the many theatres spread around the halls were often full to capacity as visitors were updated on developments and issues, such as how EPR works in much of Europe.
Tyre and Rubber Recycling’s stand was often busy fielding enquiries about tyre recycling; lots of questions about pyrolysis and more than a few people asking about the markets for recycled rubber in the UK.
There was a contrary message from some recyclers who told TRR that they had a feedstock supply, but at the same time they were involved in exporting to balance the books.
There were representations at the show from the Plastics Recycling Association, Glass Recycling Association, Wood Recyclers Association and many other industry agencies. The Tyre industry was notable by its absence. A single market sector that accounts for around 8% of total waste arisings was not represented in any real form at the only waste management show in the UK.
We are missing a trick here at promoting tyre issues. We are all aware that the huge majority of the population don’t care about tyres, except when they have to buy a new one; but we do nothing to promote tyre recycling outside the tyre industry. Surely the tyre recycling sector needs to take a leaf out of the books of the Italian EPR agencies, or the Spanish by running publicity aimed at a wider audience, appearances at national events, green sponsorship, environmental activities, highlighting positive projects.
Let’s work with the RWM and try to start building the UK tyre recycling presence in the market and in the public eye.