The Tyre Recycling Association (TRA) has published end-of-waste criteria for waste tyres in a new Quality Protocol (QP).
The QP identifies the point at which size-reduced tyre-derived materials can be regarded as a non-waste product that can be used in specified markets without the need for waste management permits.
The document has been added to the existing Publically Available Specification (PAS) 107:12 covering the manufacture and storage of waste tyres.
The TRA will certify tyre industry organisations that comply with the new PAS through its existing audit process.
Certified companies will be able to display a certification mark on their websites and other corporate materials.
The TRA said the end-of-waste criteria will deliver cost benefits to producers and customers.
“This is expected to deliver significant annual savings to businesses in the tyre-derived rubber materials sector as well as bring a new stimulus to demand for tyre-derived recyclates.
The association worked jointly on the initiative with the Environment Agency and its independent auditor Abricon Ltd. It has been endorsed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Welsh Environment Agency.