Industry figures suggest the UK is ready for the landfill ban on shredded used tyres which came into effect on 16 July.
While all used tyres with only minor exceptions will have to be recovered, re-used or recycled after this date, Tyre Industry Federation (TIF) spokesman John Dorken stated that the transition should be fairly smooth.
He said: “The tyre industry has been preparing for this ban for more than six years and has already achieved a 95% recovery rate of used tyres based on preliminary data for 2005.
TIF points to a varied range of uses available for used tyres, with shredded and granulated rubber used for safety surfaces, pathways and carpet underlay.
Re-treading also extends the useful life of a worn tyre, while a tyre that has potential for re-use could be fitted to another vehicle.
Landfill engineering provides the opportunity to use the material as an alternative to virgin aggregates in leachate drainage blankets while there are also miscellaneous uses such as for playground swings, silage clamps and dock fenders.
Dorken added: “Due to the efficient market structure already in place for the recovery of used tyres, the tyre industry does not believe that the ban will result in any significant problems in the recovery of used tyres as the UK’s collection and reprocessing system has the flexibility to deal with any fluctuations.”