Chile Clarifies Tyre Waste Laws

Chile-Tyres

After months of negotiations and delays, Chile has passed its Decree No. 8 regarding end of life tyres.

Chile Finalises Law on Waste Tyres

The purpose of this decree is to establish goals for the collection and recovery of tyre waste and other associated arisings, in order to prevent the generation of such waste and encourage its reuse, recycling or other type of recovery. For the purposes of this decree, the ELT will be considered non-domiciliary waste. This will cover motorcycle, car, truck, agricultural and OTR tyres.

To understand the revaluation goals of this decree, it is important to understand the categories in which the tyres are separated. For the purposes of this decree, the following categories have been established, considering as exceptions; bicycle tyres, wheelchair and solid tyres:

1) Tyres with a rim less than 57 inches, except those with a rim equal to 45 inches, 49 inches and 51 inches ("Category A")

2) Tyres having a rim equal to 45 inches, 49 inches, 51 inches and rims equal to or greater than 57 inches ("Category B")

Tyre producers are now obliged to organise and finance the collection of ELT throughout country, as well as its storage, transport and treatment in accordance with current regulations. They must meet the collection and recovery goals of the decree, and - ensure that the management of the ELT is carried out by authorised and registered agents.

From the start of 2021 the following will apply:

Category A-Type Tyres

-From the first calendar year of validity of this decree, the industry must collect 50% of the tyres brought into the market in the previous year.

-From the fourth calendar year of validity. it must collect at least 80% of the tyres introduced in the national market the immediately previous year

-From the eighth calendar year of validity. it must collect at least 90% of the tyres introduced into the national market in the immediately preceding year

Category B-Type Tyres:

-From the first calendar year of validity of this decree, they must recover at least 25% of the tyres introduced into the national market the immediately previous year

-From the fifth calendar year of validity, they must recover at least 75% of the tyres introduced into the national market the immediately previous year

-From the eighth calendar year of validity. they must recover at least 100% of the tyres placed on the national market in the immediately preceding year.

ELT Recovery Operations

For the purposes of this decree, the following shall be considered tyre valorisation operations, among others:

  1. a) Retreading

  2. b) Material recycling

  3. c) Co-processing

  4. d) Energy recovery

 

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

Email: ewan.scott@tyreandrubberrecycling.com

 

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