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WRAP launches open tender for tyres

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is continuing its work in developing and extending the UK’s markets for used tyres.

An open tender has been launched and it is inviting bids as WRAP strives to continue the momentum that has already been created.

WRAP’s aim is to provide up to 100% funding support for trial and demonstration projects that use rubber from UK tyres and have undergone proven research and development but have yet to be commercialised.

Its main focus is initiatives that fall broadly within the construction sector. And while it is not limiting funding solely to this industry, priorities remain civil engineering groundworks, building construction and products, landscaping, road construction projects and products, play and sports surfaces and river and sea defences.

While WRAP cannot support any initiatives that involve energy from waste, an integral part of the projects will be to gain key industry approvals and certification for the recycled rubber material or product being developed.

WRAP materials project manager for tyres Steve Waite said: “The pressure is on for the UK to find new end markets for used tyres as the deadline for 2006 – when whole and shredded tyres will be banned from disposal to landfill in the UK – gets closer.

“We hope that this open tender will build on the work that WRAP’s tyre programme has already achieved and would encourage any interested parties to submit an application.”

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