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BMRA members to stop shredding tyres

Trade associated shredder operators have said that they will no longer accept tyres for shredding – unless there is an identified end market or the operator agrees in advance to take delivery.

The announcement was made by members of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) with a date of July 7 given for implementation of this new working condition.

As one of the final provisions of the EU Landfill Directive, the ban on sending shredded tyres to landfill will come into effect from mid July, with the BMRA outlining its stance.

Its director general Lindsay Millington said: “Our shredder operators feel it is important to take a responsible position, and we are working closely with the Environment Agency (EA) towards a very significant reduction of tyres in shredder waste.

“However, we will only achieve complete eradication when all the loopholes are closed to prevent illegal End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) activity.”

There will be a crack down on operators who flout the ELV regulations requirement that tyres must be removed as part of the de-pollution process.

A common position has also been agreed among BMRA shredder operators that suppliers found to deliberately conceal tyres or bales will not be tolerated, and defaulters may find themselves banned.

Millington added: “The BMRA is in discussion with the Department of Trade and Industry and the EA staff about alternative options for the disposal of whole tyres, including tyre collection facilities.

“We are told that a range of options are available, although we remain concerned about market capacity and the effect that the new situation may have on costs for our members.”

With the ban looming, a number of ELV dismantlers and waste management companies have already expressed concern over a lack of end markets.

And while Dawn Allen, director of vehicle dismantler Albert Looms, suggested that the cost of disposing of tyres is “horrendous”, the Department of Trade and Industry remains optimistic.

Its 2004 statistics show that while there are 475,232 tonnes of UK tyre arisings, it expects end markets to emerge through cement, shred as landfill engineering, tyre bales and shred and crumb.

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