A contract to develop and run a recovered tyre and rubber quality certification scheme will be managed by research consultants TRL. The contract to make used tyres and rubber more attractive to producers and consumers was awarded to TRL by the Waste & Resources Action Programme.
Under the scheme, recovered products currently classed as waste will be reclassified after meeting certain standards. This means that the products that previously needed waste permits will lose their waste tag.
TRL programme development director for certification David Pickavance said: We are in the early stages of development and first we have to set up a technical advisory committee with representatives from across the industry. We will be talking to tyre recyclers, trade associations, the Environment Agency and WRAP.
He said the organisation will take up until December to develop the scheme.
Pickavance also said that the certification would be written to help the industry so its input was vital. Theres no point in us writing something that they say is impossible. We want a workable scheme, he added.
He also said the committee needed representatives from the customers that buy the recycled products. We need to make recovered tyre use easier for the end users.
The scheme will be developed with the previously written BSi Standard, PAS 107:2007, and a Quality Protocol will validate the recycling process.