Newly released figures show that a record 320,000 tonnes of waste tyres were collected by members of an industry association during 2005.
The statistics released by the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) show that its members improved the 2004 figure of 285,000 by 12%, breaking the 300,000 barrier for the first time.
But while indications suggest that this figure will rise still further in 2006, there is still much work to do as the UK industry is estimated to generate 475,000 tonnes of used tyre arisings annually.
“This performance probably makes this the largest tyre recovery scheme of its kind anywhere in the world, a fact the UK tyre industry can be really proud if.”
The RRS was set up to ensure that all used tyres are collected and re-used in ways which comply with UK and European statutory regulations, with tyres tracked through the disposal chain to provide full accountability.
Hicks added: “Since its launch less than two years ago, our association has tried extraordinarily hard to grow its membership and demonstrate an ability to deliver a efficient, transparent and accountable recovery programme.
These latest results are an measure of the progress we are making.”